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Reptiles & amphibians

Yellow-bellied slider turtle (Trachemys scripta)

Description

It has conspicuous yellow stripes on its head, neck and limbs, and a striking yellow, red or orange spot either side of the head. The oval carapace of the yellow-bellied slider turtle is olive to brown, with yellow stripes or bars. The plastron is yellow and usually has single dark blotches on each bony plate.

Habitat

The yellow-bellied slider turtle can be found in a wide range of freshwater habitats, rivers, ditches, swamps, lakes and ponds. It prefers shallow, slow-flowing waters with abundant aquatic vegetation to feed on, soft bottom substrates and plenty of basking sites.

Diet

Trachemys scripta is omnivorous and consumes a wide variety of plant and animal matter.

Protection status

This species is listed as “Least Concern” by IUCN Red List.

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