Trachemys scripta is a semi-aquatic turtle species with a carapace length of up to 40 cm. It is characterized by a yellow stripe on each side of its head and a red-orange plastron. It is found in freshwater habitats such as ponds, lakes, and rivers, and can live up to 30 years. Its current population is stable, but it is threatened by habitat destruction and illegal collection for the pet trade.
Name Origin: Trachemys scripta is a species of turtle native to the southeastern United States. The genus name Trachemys is derived from the Greek words trachys, meaning "rough", and emys, meaning "turtle". The species name scripta is derived from the Latin word scriptus, meaning "written", and is likely a reference to the distinctive pattern of lines and markings on the turtle's carapace.
Related Species: Trachemys gaigeae, Trachemys stejnegeri, Trachemys venusta, Trachemys dorbigni, Trachemys taylori, Trachemys adiutrix