This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.
Trachemys scripta elgans
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).
Diet in the Wild
Aquatic plants, small fish, animal matter, vegetables.
Diet at the Museum
Smelt, aquatic plants and algae, worms, turtle pellets.
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.
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.
Your contribution helps provide my food, toys, and medical care. I’ll stay at the museum, and you’ll get a photo of me and a certificate as reminders of your generosity. Check out our adoption section and see all of our adoption levels.