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Turtle

Description:

Found this guy making his way along the waterline on the beach..

1 Species ID Suggestions

Red Eared Slider
Trachemys scripta elegans


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10 Comments

bandhturtlesite
bandhturtlesite 8 years ago

Yes this turtle is a slider. You can tell by the markings on the carapace of the shell that this turtle is a Red Eared Slider. These turtles pop up all over the world due to their release into the wild after being obtained and kept as a pet for a time. They are native to the U.S. and reside in the Mississippi River Valley area.

ShannaB
ShannaB 8 years ago

Leuba - I think so, but I'm not an expert. I have just seen a lot of red-eared slider pics pop up lately! I hope that if someone on the beach was out 'walking' him that they picked him up and took him home!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Thanks for the information Shanna - interesting and sad !. Pet trade again !!! - from the pictures in the links the stripes on this little one's legs look like those of a slider, don't they ?

ShannaB
ShannaB 8 years ago

Leuba - Yes it would. They are recognised by the World Conservation Union as one of the world's top 100 worst invasive species. : (
http://beforeitsgone.com.au/2012/03/06/a...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-eared_s...

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Hello KumarAnand! Turtles are Reptiles and not Amphibians. It's OK, many people make this mistake:-). I have relocated it to the right category for you.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

sweet little thing ! yes, so tiny...sorry Kumar, my computer is playing up. I am glad you think he'll survive.
Shanna, would the red-eared sliders do much damage to indigenous species ?

KumarAnand
KumarAnand 8 years ago

@shannaB if you are sure its a freshwater one chances are it belonged to someone on there and was just let to go wander around a bit ::)

KumarAnand
KumarAnand 8 years ago

@shannaB no i didnt get a chance to see it with its arms and legs outside cause he was too shy so we just left him and went on 4m there..@Leuba im sure he did :) smart little fellow he was

ShannaB
ShannaB 8 years ago

The beach seems like a strange place to find a turtle like this, it looks like a freshwater turtle. It also looks kind of like a red-eared slider which could be invasive. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-eared_s... Did you see it without its arms and legs tucked in?

ShannaB
ShannaB 8 years ago

It's tiny!!!!!!!

KumarAnand
Spotted by
KumarAnand

青岛市 (Qīngdǎo), Paracel Islands

Spotted on Mar 20, 2009
Submitted on Apr 16, 2012

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