Yellow-Bellied Terrapin


Yellow-Bellied Slider

Scientific Name

Trachemys scripta scripta


The yellow-bellied slider’s markings are distinctive. It has bright yellow stripes over its face, neck and limbs. It also has a red or orange spot on either side of its head.

The male of the species is usually smaller than the female and has a long, thick tail.

Yellow-bellied sliders hibernate in the winter. They tend to hibernate under water or near the edge of the waterline.

The yellow-bellied slider has been introduced to many countries through the pet trade. There has been a bad habit of these turtles being released into the wild when they are no longer wanted by their owners. This is a problem as the turtles can be a threat to native wildlife.


These terrapins are opportunistic omnivores and eat a wide range of animals and plants.

Size Fact

The yellow-bellied slider's carapace (shell) can grow up to 30cm long.

Food Fact

Our yellow-bellied sliders catch their own dinner, often feasting upon invertebrates and pond life!

Fun Fact

You may see our sliders basking in the sunshine on warmer days!

IUCN Red list

Yellow-bellied sliders are currently classified as Least Concern on the IUCN red list.

Where do I live?

The yellow-bellied slider is native to eastern and central parts of North America.

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