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Yellow-bellied Slider

The Yellow-bellied Slider is a subspecies of the pond slider turtle and is native to parts of the US. Known for their contrasting body coloration in black and yellow, they are also popular as pets.

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

    Length/Size Male: 5–9 inches (13–23 cm);
    Female: 8–13 inches (20–33 cm)
    Body Coloration The carapace is brown and black with some individuals having yellow stripes; the skin has olive green coloration with distinct yellow patches around the neck and the leg regions
    Range/Distribution SE parts of the United States, especially from Florida to SE Virginia
    Habitat Prefers water bodies with slow to moderate water flow including floodplain swamps, marshes, slow-moving rivers, permanent ponds, and seasonal wetlands
    Diet/Food Omnivorous; water plants, vegetables, fish, insects, etc.
    Breeding Season April to June
    Clutch Size 3 clutches per year, laying between 5 and 20 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on November 26th 2018 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

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