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Turtle in front of my house

This one is much bigger than the one I saw last week. At least 12 inches long carapace (more pictures under the fold). What’s the species?

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  1. #1 russ williams
    June 7, 2009

    Looks like a box turtle (terrapene carolina bauri) to me, Bora. They can live over 100 years.

  2. #2 Comrade PhysioProf
    June 7, 2009

    That’s a huge-ass motherfucking turtle!!!

  3. #3 Sven DiMilo
    June 7, 2009

    No, not a box turtle. That’s a slider of the yellow-bellied variety, Trachemys scripta scripta. Looking for a nice place to nest, no doubt.

  4. #4 glyon
    June 7, 2009

    voting painted turtle — Bora, next time you want to ID the turtle, turn it over, too!

  5. #5 Coturnix
    June 7, 2009

    But this one was biiiig! And already not happy with all of the attention and photography…

  6. #6 jay
    June 8, 2009

    definitely not a box turtle. Slider of some sort (red ear?)

  7. #7 Omphaloskepsis
    June 8, 2009

    Definately a slider. How very neat, I miss seeing wildlife come tromping through my yard.

  8. #8 bobh
    June 8, 2009

    My daughter has a red eared slider nearly that big, living in aquarium.

  9. #9 Heather
    June 8, 2009

    Nice turtle – probably a female at that size! Judging by the stripe on her face and notched rear scutes, I’d guess Trachemys scripta elegans, the red-eared slider. Did it ever stick its head out any further? The red “ear” is a dead give-away.

  10. #10 Coturnix
    June 8, 2009

    No, she was camera-shy so did not extend the neck any further out than this.

  11. #11 chris
    June 9, 2009

    Almost certainly Trachemys scripta subspecies – assuming that you are in North America or one of the many localities of introduction, and given the pattern on the carapace and it’s serrated posterior margin, and what head markings are visible… Without a good view of the head and plastron, it is hard to tell which subspecies. The bold pattern on the carapace in such a large individual suggest yellow-bellied to me. Most red-eared that I have seen get much darker with age.

  12. #12 Sven DiMilo
    June 9, 2009

    North Carolina. It’s a yellow-belly. Seriously.

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