Overview

Distribution

Continent: Caribbean
Distribution: Hispaniola (Cul de Sac-Valle de Neiba plain in both the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Tiburon Peninsula)  
Type locality: "Fond Parisien, [Dept. de l'Ouest,] Haiti".
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Physical Description

Type Information

Paratype for Trachemys decorata
Catalog Number: USNM 59096
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Amphibians & Reptiles
Preparation: Ethanol
Year Collected: 1917
Locality: Thomazeau, Ouest, Haiti
  • Paratype: Barbour, T. & Carr, A. F. 1940. Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. 54 (5): 409, Plate 9, Figures 3-4.
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Paratype for Trachemys decorata
Catalog Number: USNM 59095
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Amphibians & Reptiles
Preparation: Ethanol
Year Collected: 1917
Locality: Thomazeau, Ouest, Haiti
  • Paratype: Barbour, T. & Carr, A. F. 1940. Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. 54 (5): 409, Plate 9, Figures 3-4.
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Paratype for Trachemys decorata
Catalog Number: USNM 59094
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Amphibians & Reptiles
Preparation: Ethanol
Year Collected: 1917
Locality: Thomazeau, Ouest, Haiti
  • Paratype: Barbour, T. & Carr, A. F. 1940. Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. 54 (5): 409, Plate 9, Figures 3-4.
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Paratype for Trachemys decorata
Catalog Number: USNM 59093
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Amphibians & Reptiles
Preparation: Ethanol
Year Collected: 1917
Locality: Thomazeau, Ouest, Haiti
  • Paratype: Barbour, T. & Carr, A. F. 1940. Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. 54 (5): 409, Plate 9, Figures 3-4.
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Paratype for Trachemys decorata
Catalog Number: USNM 81091
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Amphibians & Reptiles
Preparation: Ethanol
Year Collected: 1930
Locality: Port-au-Prince, 10 mi N of, Ouest, Haiti
  • Paratype: Barbour, T. & Carr, A. F. 1940. Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. 54 (5): 409, Plate 9, Figures 3-4.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Systems
  • Terrestrial
  • Freshwater
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Life History and Behavior

Life Expectancy

Lifespan, longevity, and ageing

Observations: Although the maximum longevity for this species is unknown, a wild caught animal has been kept in captivity for 13.9 years (http://www.pondturtle.com/).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Trachemys decorata

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
VU
Vulnerable

Red List Criteria
B1+2c

Version
2.3

Year Assessed
1996
  • Needs updating

Assessor/s
Tortoise & Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group

Reviewer/s

Contributor/s

History
  • 1994
    Insufficiently Known
    (Groombridge 1994)
  • 1990
    Insufficiently Known
    (IUCN 1990)
  • 1988
    Insufficiently Known
    (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1988)
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Wikipedia

Hispaniolan slider

The Hispaniolan slider (Trachemys decorata) or Haitian slider is a species of turtle in the Emydidae family. It is found in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. The Hispaniolan slider is a fresh water turtle. They can live on land and water, but prefer to be near freshwater.[3] These sliders are not on the endangered list but are considered vulnerable (B1+2c ver 2.3).

Diet[edit]

They have a particular diet that consists of insects (crickets), fish, vegetation, etc. When kept in captivity they can eat all of the same foods that they would eat normally with the add-ins of turtle pellets, carrots, tomatoes, pealed grapes, and spinach.[4]

Appearance[edit]

Only found on Caribbean islands. Unlike Red-eared North American sliders, they do not have red patches on their heads. They have distinct light and dark stripes on their neck feet and tail. Top of the Haitian Slider's shell is brown and the bottom is yellow.[5]

When handled[edit]

Whether this creature is found in the wild or in captivity, it has been known to urinate when picked up. This is considered a sign of distress. It also may bite or scratch, but has not been known to cause any severe harm. If found in the wild, the turtle may be more susceptible to do any one of these.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tortoise & Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. (1996). Trachemys decorata. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 29 July 2007.
  2. ^ Fritz Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology 57 (2): 202. Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/
  4. ^ http://exoticpets.about.com/od/aquaticturtles/f/resfeedinghow.htm
  5. ^ http://www.chelonia.org/trachemysgallery.htm
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