Field Guide to Maryland's Turtles (Order Testudines)
Yellow-bellied Slider (Trachemys scripta scripta)
Yellow-bellied Slider photo by John White
Size: 5 - 8 inches; record 11 ⅞ inches
- The yellow-bellied slider has yellow head blotches and vertical yellow bars on the carapace. The head markings can become hard to distinguish on older males.
- Has round, dark splotches on the underside of the marginals (scales on the edges of the shell).
- Has vertical stripes on the back of the hindlimbs resembling “striped pants”.
Traditionally found in rivers, ditches, and lakes.
How to Find:
This is an introduced species. Please report any suspected findings to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Please include a photograph and location of find.
Distribution in Maryland: