Pond slider

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Pond Slider
Trachemys scripta elegans, the red-eared slider
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Subclass: Anapsida
Order: Testudines
Family: Emydidae
Subfamily: Deirochelyinae
Genus: Trachemys
Species: T. scripta
Binomial name
Trachemys scripta
(Thunberg, 1792),[2] (Schoepff, 1792)[3]
Tracheymys scripta range.png
Subspecies range map in the United States.
Red: red-eared slider (also in Mexico)
Yellow: yellow-bellied slider
Green: Cumberland slider

The pond slider (Trachemys scripta) is a common, medium-sized semi-aquatic turtle. There are three subspecies of sliders.[2] The most recognizable subspecies is the red-eared slider (T. s. elegans), which is popular in the pet trade and has been introduced to other parts of the world by people releasing it to the wild. Baby and juvenile pond sliders have a green shell (carapace) and yellow green skin with dark green striped markings. Markings and colors fade in adults to a muted olive green to brown or orange carapace. Some individuals become almost black with few visible markings. The carapace is oval and flattened for females, round and complex for males. The underside of the shell is yellow with dark markings in the center of each scute, making it easier to determine their sex. However, the markings underside the shell fade as the turtle age.


The pond sliders are native to the United States and Mexico




  1. ^ Tortoise & Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (1996). "Trachemys scripta". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved March 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Rhodin 2010, p. 000.103
  3. ^ Fritz 2007, pp. 207-208
  4. ^ Trachemys scripta elegans X Trachemys scripta scripta Project Noah

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