Is a yellow belly slider a terrapin?

Pond terrapins or ‘sliders’ (Trachemys scripta) include red-eared sliders, yellow-bellied sliders and Cumberland sliders. They are a type of hard-shelled, small turtles.

What kind of turtle is a yellow bellied slider?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The yellow-bellied slider (Trachemys scripta scripta) is a land and water turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. This subspecies of pond slider is native to the southeastern United States, specifically from Florida to southeastern Virginia, and is the most common turtle species in its range.

Can a yellow bellied slider live in a community tank?

Yellow-Bellied Sliders do well in community tanks, as long as they are housed with similar turtle breeds, such as Red-Eared Sliders, Painted Turtles, Cooters, and Map Turtles.

What should I do for my yellow belied slider turtle?

Provide a basking dock and clean water for your turtle housed indoors. These turtles eat and leave fecal matter in their aquatic home. You will need to install a tank filter rated for two to three times the amount of water you have in your tank. You can use canister filters or submersible biological filters.

What kind of turtle has a yellow shell?

The yellow underside of the turtle’s shell sometimes is marked with round dusky smudges; these markings may be reduced in older turtles. Also, adult males may become very dark. Slider turtles are abundant in the ponds and streams of the Southeast.

How did the yellow bellied slider turtle get its name?

Without a well-maintained environment and a healthy diet, these turtles can get sick and die far earlier than they should. The yellow-bellied slider is aptly named for the look of its plastron (that’s the bottom part of the shell. It’s bright yellow and usually features black spots.

Why is my yellow bellied slider turtle not eating?

Metabolic bone disease is particularly painful for turtles and can be life-threatening if not treated properly. Turtles will get out of the water to bask under their heat light but eat in the water so if these normal behaviors aren’t occurring, your turtle may be ill. Consult with a veterinarian who has experience with reptiles.

What’s the difference between a red eared and a yellow bellied slider?

This means they spend most of their time in the water but unlike amphibians, they need to be able to get out of the water to dry off and breathe. Yellow-bellied sliders are cousins to the red-eared slider and have almost identical care requirements.

How big does a baby belly slider turtle get?

Here are a few things to know about your new turtle. Our baby yellow belly slider turtles are about one inch in size and will grow at about a rate of 1 to 2 inches per year.