Welcome to our Critter Corner where we strive to help you learn more about the animals that call north Idaho and northwest Montana home.

What is Critter Corner?

Critter Corner is an informational part of our program designed to help you learn and be informed about the wonderful critters in our neck of the woods. Each month we'll post about a mammal, bird, reptile or insect, so check back monthly for new species.

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    painted turtle with head in shell held in one hand

    Western Painted Turtle

    The Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii) is the only turtle native to North Idaho. The painted turtle, which has four subspecies, is native to most of the US as well as parts of Canada and Mexico. Fossils show that the painted turtle has existed for over 15 million years, and has developed several interesting...