Trachemys scripta

Common name: the Pond Slider

Conservation status: Least Concern

Distribution: Mexico, USA

Introduced to: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, France, French Polynesia, Gambia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Martinique, Micronesia, Myanmar, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Réunion, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Saint Maarten, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad, US Virgin Islands, Vietnam

Size: up to 290 mm

Description: head, neck, limbs, and tail are olive green with yellow lines; shell is brown or black with yellow stripes

Habitat: ponds, lakes, rivers with soft bottom, minimal flow and abundant access to sunlight

Activity: diurnal, hibernation period varies through the range

Diet: invertebrates, small aquatic vertebrates and aquatic plants

Reproduction: oviparous

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