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State Reptile

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 Reptile: Western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta belIii). Schoolchildren from Denver suggested that this turtle, which is common around many lakes and ponds in Colorado, be designated the state reptile.The western  painted turtle is the largest and most intricately patterned of the painted turtles. It has a smooth oliv e to brown carapace with light  irregular lines, sometimes  extending into a netlike patternIt was declared the state reptile  by an act of the General Assembly on March 18, 2008.

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