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Trachemys scripta elegans, otherwise known as the Red-eared slider turtle, is a medium to large turtle indigenous to southeastern United States. It is known as a highly invasive species that can now be found on every continent excluding Antarctica. Though the shell color is variable, it mostly ranges from greenish to brown or black or dark gray, with a pale to deep yellow plastron that has black smudges on most scutes. This species exhibits some sexual dimorphism, with the adult male being smaller than the adult female. Males also have long foreclaws used in courtship. T. s. elegans is typically found in larger bodies of slow-moving water such as lakes and quiet coves, but can also be found in more shallow ponds with very low water levels. Other habitats include swampy shorelines containing aquatic vegetation. (Carr 1952, Ramsay et al. 2007)


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