The slider turtle is one of the most ubiquitous
and conspicuous species of turtle in the Southeast. It occurs in every type of
wetland and is frequently observed basking. Individuals are also commonly encountered
on land when moving between aquatic habitats. The carapace is olive to dark brown,
slightly keeled, and lightly patterned in some individuals. The plastron and the
underside of the marginals are typically marked with two or more large, solid
black dots or blotches. Males have elongated foreclaws and long, thickened tails.
Some males may also become very dark with age. The yellow stripe behind the eye
is broadest directly behind the eye. Nesting females are frequently seen from
May through July.