Turtle- domestic vs wild.
Question: If you see a turtle crossing the road, what do you do?
Answer: Move him to the other side unless it is a domestic turtle. Two common turtles found in Manitoba are the Painted Turtle and the Common Snapping Turtle. The Painted turtle does resemble the domestic version of a Red-slider turtle that you can buy at a local petstore. Every summer, some irresponsible pet owners decide that their domestic turtle is either too big for the aquarium or too much work and releases it into a man-made lakes or creeks. Red-slider turtles are native to Louisiana and cannot survive our harsh winters. If you see a turtle crossing the street, always check to see if it is a wild or domestic turtle. One destinguishing feature to identify wild painted turtles and domestic turtles is by looking under the belly. If the shell has black and yellow coloring, its a domestic turtle. If the shell has red/pinks,oranges, yellows, and black, its a painted turtle. This picture is of a Painted Turtle. Snapping turtles have don’t usually have bright colors, very aggressive, and has a spikey ridge at the base of the shell near the tail. Don’t handle Snapping turtles with bare hands and usually without proper equipment. Snapping turtles can take off a finger. If you find a domestic turtle and not prepared to keep it, most pet stores or animal shelters would be interested in taking it in. If the turtle shell has been injured, please contain in a box or pail and contact PWRC.