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Old 05-26-2018, 02:12 AM   #1
blueboost68
Melanistic Red Ear Slider I Think

Caught this guy in the front yard today I think it's a melanistic red ear slider.
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Old 05-26-2018, 10:10 PM   #2
Dyscophus antongilii
No disrespect or anything like that, but, the picture is very blurry. However, I am inclined to agree with you. How did you acquire this specimen? How long have you had him/her? Congratulations in any ever even on your "newest" acquisition.
 
Old 05-27-2018, 12:36 AM   #3
blueboost68
It's ok I got him in my front yard I live on 6 acres of land with a pond. I will get a better pic tomorrow.
 
Old 05-27-2018, 10:10 AM   #4
snowgyre
It's more likely to be a yellowbellied slider, Trachemys scripta scripta, not a red-eared slider Trachemys scripta elegans. I would review your state laws if it is legal to keep a native, wild-caught turtle. Sometimes it is legal only if you have a valid fishing license (which is the case in Georgia, and then only up to 10 animals are allowed).
 
Old 05-27-2018, 06:38 PM   #5
blueboost68
We are allowed 2 and no license is needed.
 
Old 05-27-2018, 11:10 PM   #6
Dyscophus antongilii
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It's ok I got him in my front yard I live on 6 acres of land with a pond.
I am glad you did not get offended by my post earlier in the thread. That is cool you have six (6) acres along with a pond.

When you first posted the picture, I assumed, note the word in assumed, that your specimen did not come from nature. Hence my previous comment.

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I will get a better pic tomorrow.
I am looking forward to seeing an updated photo.

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It's more likely to be a yellowbellied slider, Trachemys scripta scripta, not a red-eared slider Trachemys scripta elegans.
I completely agree with you. Is it common for Trachemys scripta scripta to be melanistic?
 
Old 05-27-2018, 11:42 PM   #7
blueboost68
Yes correct I have 6 acres and the pond is about 1 acre over all. I will get some better pictures tomorrow been kind of watching this Storm.lol
 
Old 05-28-2018, 12:06 AM   #8
snowgyre
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I completely agree with you. Is it common for Trachemys scripta scripta to be melanistic?
Yes, older males and females can turn completely black, although it is more common in females from what I've observed.
 
Old 05-28-2018, 09:06 PM   #9
Dyscophus antongilii
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Yes, older males and females can turn completely black, although it is more common in females from what I've observed.
I never ever know that. So, thank you, for sharing that information with me. I will admit, that, I am not very familiar with the herps of North America/the U.S.A.

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Yes correct I have 6 acres and the pond is about 1 acre over all. I will get some better pictures tomorrow been kind of watching this Storm.lol
Hope all went well with the storm. Of course, I hope you had minimal to no damage to your property.
 

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