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(Trachemys scripta scripta)
The yellowbelly slider is a common freshwater turtle whose native range extends from the southern Great Lakes southward through Central America to Venezuela. Because of its popularity as an aquarium pet, the species has been introduced to freshwater habitats and has established breeding populations in many locations: California, France, South Africa, Bahrain, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Guam and Thailand.
The yellowbelly slider prefers quiet, soft, muddy-bottomed water bodies with rocks, logs or stumps suitable for basking in the sun. It occurs near submerged aquatic vegetation, which is an important component of the diet of adults. The yellowbelly slider has a yellow band directly behind its eyes and vertical yellow bars on its carapace. The yellowbelly pond slider’s feet are webbed, indicating that it is a strong swimmer.
Watch for the yellowbelly slider in the River Scout gallery.