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Yellow-bellied slider turtle (tartaruga-de-orelha-amarela)

23 Oct

Scientific name: Trachemis scripta scripta

Parque da Cidade (Oporto – Portugal)

Tartaruga – Parque da Cidade

The yellow-bellied slider (Trachemys scripta scripta) is a land and water turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. This subspecies of Trachemys scripta 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.

 A Tartaruga de orelhas amarelas ou Trachemys scripta scripta habita as regiões da Virginia, Carolina do Norte, Florida, Carolina do Sul e Georgia, apresentando a carapaça de coloração negra, com listras marrons verticais.

O plastrão é amarelo, sem mancha ou apresentando poucas de cor bem escura. A cabeça é bem escura apresentando manchas de cor amarela e ela atinge menor porte que as orelhas vermelhas, cerca de 25 centímetros de comprimento de carapaça. Essa subespécie possuí a carapaça e a cabeça mais parecidas com as Tigres dágua brasileiras, porém o plastrão torna fácil essa diferenciação.

 

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