The Nicaraguan slider has a carapace with many circular markings on it, and in the middle of each markng, there is a dark spot. The main color of the carapace and the turtle's skin is olive green to dark brown. It also has yellow markings on it as well. The supratemporal markings can be orange, pink, or yellow. Males averagely grow to 8–12 in (20–30 cm), and females can averagely grow to 15 in (38 cm) or larger. 
Their nesting season ranges from about the month of December to May. Females are can lay several clutches per season with up to thirty-five eggs per clutch. The hatchlings emerge about 69 to 123 days after the eggs have been deposited.