Native painted turtles like quiet, shallow water and plenty of aquatic vegetation for shelter and food. These turtles like to lay in the sun, and will often pile several deep in a choice spot on a streamside snag to take advantage of the sun's rays. These aquatic turtles will need as large a swimming area as possible in captivity. Don't forget to include a dry area for "sunbathing" under a light.
To learn more about this turtle, please read Choosing a Painted Turtle.