Question by  fearmedear (1)

what kind of turtle do i have if it is it is green and it has red on the sides of the face where the ears are?

and it has claws, not fins. and the botton is yellow with circles on the bottom.


Answer by  swimsis (152)

It sounds like you have a red-eared slider, one of the most common pet shop turtles. They are plentiful in the southern US and make great pets. If the color bar on the face were white or yellow, you would have a Map turtle, which is usually caught wild, rather than raised for a pet like the Sliders.


Answer by  Cerco (43)

The species of turtle you have is called a red-eared slider (Trachemys Scripta Elegans). They can grow to be quite large. Males have much longer exaggerated nails on the front limbs while females typically have shorter nails on the front limbs. during growth stages they will shed thin layers of their shell called "skoots. "


Answer by  whoareyou (3483)

I cannot be certain without actually seeing the animal, but it sounds to me like you have red eared slider turtle. They are generally small, and the small red lines on the sides of their face. They like some water, but require sufficient land to survive. They are generally mellow and don't bite unless provoked.


Answer by  JB45 (30)

That would most likely be a Red Ear Turtle. In some parts of the US it's called a "Red Ear Slider" and is a semi-aquatic turtle. They live wild throughout most of the USA, and makes an excellent pet as they are very easy to keep in captivity.

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