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red-eared slider

Trachemys scripta elegans

Description:

A juvenile red-eared slider found in the aftermath of flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill. One of the most common semi-aquatic turtles in Missouri.

Habitat:

Found on a paved, public fishing access walkway jutting into Lake Springfield (a dammed section of the James River). The James River near Springfield, Missouri, had risen to a new record level of 22.2 feet on the previous day. The last photo is a habitat shot.

Notes:

"Trachemys scripta, usually T. s. elegans, is probably the most widely illustrated turtle in the world..." http://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/factsheet... The turtle was moved off the path to the edge of the lake.

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2 Comments

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

Thanks!

GeckoDragon
GeckoDragon 7 years ago

Fantastic !

Scott Frazier
Spotted by
Scott Frazier

Springfield, Missouri, USA

Spotted on Jun 20, 2015
Submitted on Jun 20, 2015

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