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Please help identify turtle

PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:49 pm
by aegamesi
Hello,

I'm temporarily (~10 months) taking care of a friend's turtle-- however, I have no idea what kind of turtle it is. I was originally told he/she is a RES, but the lack of red ears makes me doubt that. I was thinking maybe yellow bellied slider, or maybe a texas river cooter, but I have no idea.

Some pictures: https://imgur.com/a/kqURB

Anyone know what he/she might be?

Re: Please help identify turtle

PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:23 am
by TravisL
Link not working for me.

Re: Please help identify turtle

PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:27 pm
by steve
I think it could still be a RES even though there is a lack of red/orange. Turtle also looks like a girl.

Re: Please help identify turtle

PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:40 pm
by aegamesi
If the link isn't working, try removing https? like, http://imgur.com/a/kqURB

Is that common to have a RES without *any* red? Yeah, I was kinda thinking the turtle looked female, but I wasn't sure because I didn't know the species. I think the relatively short claws give it away, though.

Re: Please help identify turtle

PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:46 pm
by steve
I guess it's somewhat common, but I think it could also be a cumberland slider (Trachemys scripta troostii).

Re: Please help identify turtle

PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 5:33 pm
by aegamesi
Are there any differing characteristics between the two that I could use to try to determine the exact species?

Also, if the turtle *is* a cumberland slider, is the care similar to care for a RES?

Re: Please help identify turtle

PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:44 pm
by ljapa
Cumberland sliders are so closely related to RES that they can interbreed and even do in the wild where the habitats overlap.

Their care is identical.

The pictures I've seen of mixing have a yellowish "ear" with hints of red to it. Cumberland sliders don't have any red at all. Of course, I'm just going from pictures online. I've only seen RES, some painted turtles and snappers in person at any length.