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Trachemys scripta elgans

Fun Facts

They are excellent swimmers, but spend a good deal of their time basking in the sun on logs, rocks, etc. They have poor hearing but good vision and are very sensitive to vibrations. When startled or threatened, they will quickly slide off rocks/logs back into the water (hence the name).

Birth Date


Diet in the Wild

Aquatic plants, small fish,  animal matter, vegetables.

Diet at the Museum

Smelt, aquatic plants and algae, worms, turtle pellets.

Life Span

In the Wild: up to 40 years.
In Captivity: 50-70 years.


Ponds, lakes, marshes, creeks, streams.


Native to southeast US, but found all across the US.

Conservation Status:

Very common and widespread; in some areas are considered pests and invaders because they are aggressive and out-compete native species for food and space.