Can anyone help me identify the turtle that was laying eggs in my yard yesterday? I looked at a few web sites, and started looking through turtle pix in Google Images, but I'm still not sure. It looks somewhat like a picture I found of a red-eared slider, with some red on the sides of the head, but her head was mostly retracted so I didn't get the best view.
Wish I had thought to lay a ruler alongside, but I would estimate the shell to be about 8-10 inches front-to-back, and a bit less side-to-side. Location is central Illinois, rural area.

There are three pictures here (60k-80k each):
side view- front view- top view-
Can anyone help me identify the turtle that was laying eggs in my yard yesterday? I looked at a few ... Illinois, rural area. There are three pictures here (60k-80k each): side view- front view- top view- [/nq]
She is, indeed, a red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans).
Can anyone help me identify the turtle that was laying ... side view- front view- top view- [/nq]
She is, indeed, a red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans).

http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mnh/nature/turtles/paint.htm

looks like an eastern painted turtle
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She is, indeed, a red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans).

http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mnh/nature/turtles/paint.htm looks like an eastern painted turtle

In the second pic you can see the red ears.
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Thank you all for the help. Other pictures of red eared sliders seem to show a ridge running down the center of the shell, whereas on this turtle the shell just seems to curve smoothly with no ridge. Is this of any significance? Or maybe the ridge tends to disappear as the turtle ages? Or (and I know this is probably something I should have learned in a science class somewhere before now) is there such a thing as a "mixed breed" turtle?
I'll be keeping an eye on the spot later this summer for any signs of hatching. How many eggs might be buried there?
Can anyone help me identify the turtle that was laying eggs in my yard yesterday? I looked at a few ... Illinois, rural area. There are three pictures here (60k-80k each): side view- front view- top view- [/nq]
My first thought was yellow-bellied slider. Check out some pictures on those.
There are three pictures here (60k-80k each): side view- front view- top view- [/nq]
Looks like a red-eared slider tome
Can anyone help me identify the turtle that was laying ... side view- front view- top view- [/nq]
Thats a Red Eared Slider-Trachemys scripta elegans. They're a very common turtle just about everywhere in the U.S. thanks to pets that are discarded to the wild.
Thats a Red Eared Slider-Trachemys scripta elegans. They're a very common turtle just about everywhere in the U.S. thanks to pets that are discarded to the wild.

Agreed, that is a red-eared slider. It's common worldwide now. Even in Asia, they've become more ubiquitous than native species.