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Trachemys scripta elegans
A medium-sized aquatic turtle with a patch of red on each side of head. Carapace is olive-brown with numerous black and yellow lines. Plastron is yellow with each scute normally having a large black blotch.
Spotted basking in the morning sun on an offshoot canal-like stream of the Missouri River. Typically they can be found in most aquatic habitats like rivers, ponds, oxbow lakes and reservoirs.