Southern Painted Turtle - Chrysemys dorsalis

Southern Painted Turtle

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.

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Subspecies: No subspecies recognized.


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Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  Mostly known from the major floodplains of the Red, Mississippi, and Atchafalaya Rivers, but also from areas of Acadiana in southwest Louisiana and north-central Louisiana.


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Global Conservation Status:  Southern Painted Turtles are not assessed by IUCN, but the Painted Turtle, of which Southern Painted Turtles were previously named, are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Southern Painted Turtles do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks: I have only observed this species at three localities in Louisiana, the Cypress Island Preserve in St. Martin Parish, the Atchafalaya Basin, and Spanish Lake in Iberia Parish.

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