4 chasing eachother
on the left, with Texas Cooters
old with faded pattern
on the right
Several individuals basking on cattail mats in marsh, including old melanistic individual.
Several sliders and cooters basking on emergent logs, mix of T. scripta elegans and P. gorzugi.
Photo legend: 1) solo turtle is male Red-eared Slider, 2) pair of turtles on the horizontal log includes the smaller Trachemys scripta on the right, and 3) turtles on very diagonal log includes P. gorzugi but Trachemys scripta is the highest of the animals, and with a distinctly clear carapace.
The population of sliders at the El Dorado Nature Center is massive.
The red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), also known as red-eared terrapin, is a semiaquatic turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. It is a subspecies of the pond slider. It is the most popular pet turtle in the United States and is also popular as a pet in the rest of the world, as, among other factors, it is easy to maintain. It has, therefore, become the most commonly traded turtle in the world. It is native...