Yellow-bellied sliders (Trachemys scripta scripta) are aquatic turtles. This means they spend most of their time in the water but unlike amphibians, they need to be able to get out of the water to dry off and breathe. Yellow-bellied sliders are cousins to the red-eared slider and . The yellow-bellied slider (Trachemys scripta scripta) is a land and water turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. This subspecies of pond slider is native to the southeastern United States, specifically from Florida to southeastern Virginia, and is the most common turtle species in its range.
The yellow-bellied slider is an attractive species, especially as a juvenile, and is easily maintained in captivity. It is less well-known in captivity than its cousin, the red-eared slider. Yellow-bellied sliders do well in shallow water aquaria. They require basking sites that allow full emergence from the water. Nov 06, 2018 · About the Yellow Bellied Slider. Embed from Getty Images. Names: Yellow-bellied sliders (Trachemys scripta scripta). Size: Adult males can be in between 5 and 9 inches long. Women are generally more prominent, between 8 and 13 inches long.
Yellow Bellied Slider. By Chris H. SCIENTIFIC NAME. Trachemys scripta scripta. ADULT SIZE: Male 5 to 8" long Female 8" to 13" long. DIET: Yellow bellied sliders are omnivorous, eating aquatic plants, fish, insects and carrion, although adult females are largely herbivorous and young and adult males are more carnivorous. TEMPERATURE RANGE (°F). Also, adult males may become very dark. HABITAT Slider turtles are abundant in the ponds and streams of the Southeast. The yellow-bellied slider turtle is found in a wide variety of habitats, including Carolina bays, sloughs, sinkholes, oxbow lakes, swamps, rivers, lakes and ponds. Sometimes they travel over land between bodies of water.
The original Virginia yellow-bellied slider with its color and pattern characteristics may not exist in Virginia after a few more decades, except in some isolated populations. Most Virginia populations may eventually be comprised of intergrades. Adult female yellow-bellied sliders' upper shells typically grow to close to 11 inches long. Tiny Right After Birth. If you ever see a wee yellow-bellied slider hatchling, don't assume the little one will stay that size forever, because she definitely won't. Newborns are often barely larger than coins.