Fun facts about Shelly:
- Painted turtles can be seen sunning themselves on logs, rocks, beaver lodges, bog mats and other structures in beaver ponds and shallow sections of lakes usually in large groups, sometimes as many as 50 on one log, stacked on top of each other.
- The sunning helps rid them of parasitic leeches.
- In many areas turtles hibernate during the winter months by burrowing into the mud and allowing their bodies to become very cold.
- Because of their small body size, they can move easily. Turtles dive quickly at the first hint of danger.
- Painted turtles are diurnal; that means they are active during the day. At night they will rest on the bottom of a pond or on a partially submerged object, such as a rock.
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