Featured Turtle Pictures  -  June 5, 2006

Yellow-belly Slider (Trachemys scripta scripta) female

Straight Carapace Length (SCL) = 9"
Maximum Carapace Width (MCW) = 7"
Weight = 9 lbs
Gender = female
Named: Swannee
   - attractive, unblemished female

   - found in northern Florida (near Perry) and relocated to safety while crossing a highway

   - I couldn't decide whether this turtle was a Cooter or a Yellow-belly Slider, so I consulted with Eric Holt at Empire of the Turtle
     note carapace coloring (black, dark olive, with yellow piping) and markings
     note yellow plastron with only four small patches of black
     rear legs are greyish black on top with blotches of yellow underneath
     front legs are greyish black with one thin yellow stripe and one wider yellow stripe
     broad yellow bands runs diagonally from behind eyes toward angle of jaw
     shell profile is more rounded (like a Cooter), less flattened, than that of the Red-ear Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

   - Definitive features:
     vertical stripes on the rump that only it and the chicken turtle have
     (the chicken turtle has broader stripes on front legs and different shell markings)
     the broad yellow crescent behind the eyes is the most defining marking
     the two markings on the front of the plastron are pretty common in this subspecies
     in some areas the plastron is more marked


Special thanks to Eric Holt.