Size5 to 8 inches
HabitatRivers, ditches, sloughs, lakes, ponds
- Bands of yellow streak the carapace, or shell. Most easily visible when animal is wet.
- Yellow blotch behind the eye. More visible in females and young individuals.
- The lower jaw of a slider is rounded, whereas it is flat for members of other genera.
- Common carapace length is 5-8 inches (12.5-20.3 cm) with a maximum size of 11.4 inches (28.9 cm).>
Yellow-bellied sliders are omnivores, eating a wide variety of plant and animal matter.
- Omnivorous; diet consists of a wide variety of plant and animal matter.
- Occurs in North America from southeast Virginia through north Florida and Alabama.
- Found in rivers, ditches, sloughs, lakes and ponds. Will bask on logs or other surfaces protruding from the water. Will haul out on banks in western parts of its range.
- Hatchling carapace ranges in length from 0.9-1.1 inches (2.2-3.8 cm). Typically colorful and patterned, but fades with age.
- Young has smudged, eye-like spots on the marginal, bridge and forepart areas of its plastron, or undershell.
- “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.
- T. scripta as a whole is listed as one of IUCN’s “100 Worst Invasives.”
- Fellow subspecies include red-eared, Cumberland and big bend sliders.
- Hybridization between similar species is not uncommon.
- Conant, Roger and Joseph T. Collins. A Field Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians: Eastern/Central North America. Pgs. 174-178.