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The painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) is native to North America. They are adaptable reptiles that can live in a wide variety of environments, which is the reason they are found all over the continent. In the wild, it is estimated that painted turtles can live as long as 40 years, though that figure is not common. With the risk of predators and illness, life span in the wild can be only a quarter that length.
Longevity in Captivity
When the threats of predators and communicable disease are removed, a painted turtle can live quite a long life in captivity. A typical life span range for a pet painted turtle is 15 to 25 years with proper care. Note that these animals are naturally wild, so their life spans will be significantly shorter if they are confined to a limited habitat or are not properly nourished.
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