Happy Birthday Baby!
Making it to its first birthday is quite an accomplishment for a painted turtle. At one year old, painted turtles are about the size of a quarter and have been very rich in luck (if not change).
These survivors beat the odds. More than 90 per cent of turtle nests are lost to predators, such as raccoons and skunks, which gobble up turtle eggs like they were candy.
For the 10 per cent of painted turtles that remain, the enduring hatchling’s first year is a quiet one.