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|Trachemys scripta elegans|
English name of this water turtle suggests at least two facts. First, broad red stripe behind the ear. And second, they slide through quiet waters with muddy bottom and abundant vegetation.
It is very common they are basking in the rocks, shores and vegetation masses like here, in Ljubljana Zoo pond.
The mortality rate is high among the youngs, the adults can live as long as 50 to 75 years.
The nests are excavated between 120 and 140 cm and clutch size varies between 2 and 19 eggs.
Eggs hatch in cca. 70 days and newborns are 20 to 35 mm long. The adults reach 20 cm, the longest recorded being 29 cm.
This species is omnivorous comsuming whatever is available. On the other hand their meat is heavily consumed through the world and hatchlings are collected for sale in trading industry.
Extracted from : www.nis.gsmfc.org/nis_factsheet.php?toc_id=208
Kingdom Animalia -- Animalia
Phylum Chordata -- chordates
Subphylum Vertebrata -- vertebrates
Class Reptilia Laurenti, 1768 -- reptiles
Order Testudines Linnaeus, 1758 -- tortoises
Family Emydidae Rafinesque, 1815 -- pond turtles
Genus Trachemys Agassiz, 1857 -- slider turtles
Species Trachemys scripta (Schoepff, 1792) -- Common Slider, sliders
Subspecies Trachemys scripta elegans (Wied-Neuwied, 1839) -- Red-eared Slider
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This is kind of weird behaviour, probably some sort of mass suggestion!
It is a fine composition with this strong diagonal, pleasant little reflection...
Good details in the turtles, situation is well framed!
Very nice photo but the real message of this picture is: Trachemys excluding european endemic turtle species Emys orbiculars from the natural habitat. This is not good.