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The yellow-bellied slider (Trachemys scripta scripta) is a land and water turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. This subspecies of pond slider is native to the southeastern United States, specifically from Florida to southeastern Virginia, and is the most common turtle species in its range. It is found in a wide variety of habitats, including slow-moving rivers, floodplain swamps, marshes, seasonal wetlands, and permanent ponds. Yellow-bellied sliders are popular as pets.
Adult male yellow-bellied sliders typically reach 5-9 inches (13-23 cm) in length; females are anywhere from 8-13 inches (20-33 cm).
The carapace (upper shell) is typically brown and black, often with yellow stripes. The skin is olive green with prominent patches of yellow down the neck and legs.
Sliders need a basking area that is kept warm during the day and that will allow the turtle to move around, balance, and dry off completely.
The lifespan of yellow-bellied sliders is over 30 years in the wild, and over 40 years in captivity.
March 14th, 2013
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