Species Factsheet

Trachemys scripta


Complete name: Trachemys scripta (Schoepff, 1792)
Taxonomy: Reptilia » Chordata » Reptilia » Testudines » Emydidae » Trachemys scripta
Authors: Riccardo Scalera
Last updated: October 31, 2006

Common Names

Common slider.


Crysemys scripta
Pseudemys scripta
Trachemys scripta

Short Description

A medium to large (20-60 cm) freshwater turtle characterised by prominent yellow to red patches on each side of the head, typically red on T. scripta elegans, the most commonly traded subspecies of the 15 described. Carapace and skin are olive to brown with yellow stripes or spots. Males are usually smaller than females and have a long, thick tail. The diet of this opportunistic predator changes from highly carnivorous in juveniles to omnivorous in adults.