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Red-eared Slider (Melanistic)

Trachemys scripta elegans


10-12 inches long turtle with a dark skin and shell - melanistic characteristics.


Lawn area near golf course located next various wetlands. Boca raton Florida in arvida business park.

1 Species ID Suggestions

AshleyT 6 years ago
Red-eared Slider (Melanistic)
Trachemys scripta elegans Trachemys scripta elegans

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Mick G
Mick G 6 years ago

Thanks for the info Ashley. I really didn't think it was a slider based on the melanism and the feet/claws that looked more terrestrial. I have seen the Gopher Tortoise many times as I have on my Noah page, and didn't think it was a Gopher.

AshleyT 6 years ago

Melanism is very common in older Sliders. This is a pond turtle, not a terrestrial tortoise. You only have one species of tortoise in Florida, and just because you found this guy on land does not mean he is a tortoise :)

Mick G
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Mick G

Delray Beach, Florida, USA

Spotted on Sep 3, 2013
Submitted on Sep 30, 2013

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