Painted Turtles are found in North America, Southern Canada and Northern Mexico. Painted Turtles inhabit freshwater lakes and ponds with soft muddy bottoms and plant life. Painted Turtles are named after the red markings on their heads, legs and shells. A Painted Turtle’s shell is made of bone and is connected to the spine and ribs. These turtles feed mainly on plants, small animals, such as fish, crustaceans, aquatic insects and some carrion. They don’t have teeth, but instead have horny ridges that are serrated and sharp on their upper and lower jaws.