Like most of their reptilian brothers, painted turtles are cold blooded. They can often be found sunning themselves on logs and bog mats throughout the late spring and summer. The infusion of heat that they get from the sun gives them the energy to forage, mate, and swim around quickly enough to make catching one in the water more than a bit challenging.
Females like this one will lay a clutch of anywhere from 2-20 eggs, and in some especially productive years, a second clutch in late July or early August. In such cases, baby painted turtles have been known to over-winter in their nests if they're born too late in the season. When they do emerge, hatchlings are basically carnivorous. As they mature into adults, however, painted turtles fill much more of their diet with vegetation and berries.
Photographs taken May 2015 - Argyle, NY