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Melanistic Yellow-bellied Slider

Trachemys scripta scripta

Description:

~5-7 inches. Dark, broad head. Rounded, rectangular, and smooth shell.

Habitat:

Lochmere Lake


No species ID suggestions

7 Comments

AshleyL
AshleyL 2 years ago

So should I just put it down as a melanistic slider? I have a lot of sliders in my lake it really could be any. Thanks again for all your help and involvement on Project Noah! I've learned so much through it. 😄

AshleyT
AshleyT 2 years ago

You should be in range for yellow-bellied sliders (just a different subspecies), but I'm not sure if they usually turn melanistic when they are older like the red-eared do. Red-eared sliders are introduced all over the place so it could easily be that too. Just hard to tell since there aren't any facial markings to go off of! Just what general shape makes me think

AshleyL
AshleyL 2 years ago

I think you're right! Is it a melanistic red eared slider maybe? I agree it looked like a slider.

AshleyL
AshleyL 2 years ago

Yeah, I'm so sorry for the poor quality. I only had an iPod with me at the moment. Are there any other details you need to be sure?

AshleyT
AshleyT 2 years ago

Looks like an old, melanistic slider but I can't be sure with how pixelated the photos are

AshleyL
AshleyL 2 years ago

I was wondering about that, but don't snapping turtle have more pronounced scoots? This turtle has a smoother shell and is pretty small.

Ryan Clarke
Ryan Clarke 2 years ago

I think it's a snapping turtle

North Carolina, USA

Lat: 35.73, Long: -78.77

Spotted on Apr 14, 2017
Submitted on Apr 14, 2017

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