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Turtle Identification

Discussion in 'Field Herping' started by Frognut, May 20, 2013.

  1. Frognut

    Frognut Subscribed User Premium Member

    I found this guy out in the side yard in a development of a more urban than suburban area here in Charlotte, NC ... although there are a few parks/woods/ponds he could have come from...

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    I'm guessing a box turtle. His shell is a bit damaged, he's been around. I love his colors though...

    I suppose I should just let him keep moving on his merry way? Not sure what I'd do with him anyway.
  2. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    He looks like a male painted turtle to me. I'm not a turtle person however. :)
  3. justor

    justor Elite Member

    It's not a box turtle. I want to say yellow belly slider or something similar. Looks like it has some shell rot or something going on with its plastron.
  4. NancyA

    NancyA Elite Member

    Looks like it may be a yellow-bellied slider with those vivid yellow stripes. Box turtles have a dome shape carapace and their plastron is hinged so they can close up inside. Pretty little thing.
  5. Frognut

    Frognut Subscribed User Premium Member

    Thanks for the info! He was pretty - never saw a turtle with colors like that. Loved the black swirls on the yellow. He was zippy though, when I went back out to see where he was headed he was gone! And he didn't have too many choices in a path to take. I will be thoroughly checking under my car before I drive away, just in case.
  6. Vers

    Vers Elite Member

    Looks to be a yellow belied slider or perhaps a river cooter.
  7. Treven

    Treven Member

    looks like a yellow belly to me.
  8. Ieasa

    Ieasa Elite Member

    He does look like a yellow belly. If not he still appears to be aquatic. If he reappears maybe escort him to a nearby pond.
  9. methos75

    methos75 Elite Member

    Definitely some member of Trachemys, the shell is a dead give away. Its funny to me, and no offense to the TC, that most people always want to call any turtle found on land a Box Turtle
  10. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Yeah it does seem weird. But I did talk with one person that tried to keep their box turtle in an all water aquarium...because it was a turtle and turtles go in water...

    As far as the turtle I agree its a yellow belly slider.
  11. methos75

    methos75 Elite Member

    Oh Yeah, I have seen that as well. I once had some woman post on my FB page, because for some reason I get a lot of turtle questions from complete strangers, that her new baby Turtle was just basking all the time and seemed to be afraid of the water. So ask for a pick of the set-up and the turtle thinking maybe it a Mud or something similar, and the water was too deep for it. Nope, it was a poor baby Gulf Coast Box Turtle.

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