Cumberland Slider

Cumberland Slider
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Scientific Name: Trachemys scripta troostii

Identification:The carapace is olive brown with yellow markings. The adult carapace is wrinkled and oval-shaped. The plastron is hingeless and slightly smaller than the carapace. Each of the bottom sides of the marginals has a spot. The skin is brown with an olive to greenish tint with yellow striping. The plastron has dark spots. The turtle's legs in front have larger yellow stripes than most slider species, and the eyes have a yellow and orange stripe directly behind each eye. The stripe is never entirely one color, it starts out yellow and then fades into a dark orange-to-red color closer to the back of the neck.

Range: The Cumberland Slider is only found in eastern-northeastern Tennessee and the extreme southwestern corner of Virginia

Diet: Sliders will consume vegetables, greens such as mustard greens, turnip greens, dandelion, spinach, carrots, zucchini and any aquatic vegetation, i.e. duckweed, water lettuce, water hyacinth, etc. They will also consume insects, worms and fish. Many of the commercially prepared turtle diets that exist on the market today are excellent Slider food.

Cumberland Sliders are a rare cousin of the most common turtle the world over, the Red Eared Slider. It is also known as the Cumberland turtle. Because it occurs in a different geographic location from the yellow-bellied slider (Trachemys s. scripta). Intergradation does not occur between these two forms which is a considerable problem with its Red Ear cousin.

This turtle is a communal basker. It basks on protrusions out of the water and may bask in stacks or with other species. Sliders bask extensively in captivity. As long as there are no signs of obvious health problems (swollen eyes, runny nose or gaping) and your turtle is active, eating & willing & able to enter the water, swim & submerge, frequent & extended basking is normal.

They are active from April to October and year around if kept in warmer climates. 'Slider' comes from their habit of sliding into the water when alarmed when basking, because they go to deep waters for safety where most predators cannot pursue them.

Sliders are frightened of humans & dive in from basking sites quickly (the more accustomed they are to seeing humans, the closer you can get). If handled they withdraw into the shell, may hiss &/or void the bladder, & offer to bite. Most won't lash out (as common snappers do) but a finger put closely in front of the face may be bitten hard.

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Price $20.00

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