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Cumberland Slider

The Cumberland slider is a small terrapin and a subspecies of the pond sliders. They are seen basking in the sun, coming out of the water in groups, and are most active during summer, i.e., between April and October. Interestingly, these amphibians are primarily herbivorous as adults but mostly carnivorous as juveniles.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Emydidae
    Genus Trachemys
    Species T. scripta
    Subspecies T. s. troostii
    Scientific Name Trachemys scripta troostii

    Other Names Cumberland turtle
    Length/Size Anything between 5 and 8 inches
    Body Coloration The carapace is distinctly olive green with darker green patterns; the skin is mottled with green and white
    Range/Distribution The drainages of the Mississippi and the Tennessee rivers, and throughout the SE parts of the United States
    Habitat Prefers quiet waters having muddy bottoms; found in ponds, lakes, and streams with aquatic vegetation
    Diet/Food Adult diet includes algae, seeds, plants, aquatic vegetation, fish, tadpoles, crayfish, insects, mollusks, and worms
    Breeding Season Spring, fall, and winter
    Clutch Size 6-15 eggs (mostly two clutches a year)
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous

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    Published on November 27th 2018 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

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