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Posted by TurtleyEnuff on April 24, 2003 at 10:06:15:
In Reply to: Identification question posted by checker on April 23, 2003 at 20:38:58:
Any way you could post a pic? The only indigenous North America species I can think of with a consistent and prominent red stripe are members of the Slider (Trachemys sp.) family. I have seen Maps with an orange strip, but not red like a Redear. Is it possible that it's an aberrant Redear? They are a very variable species. Another possibility is that it's a hybrid, as I have heard of Painter x Redear hybrids and even an unconfirmed report of a Redbelly x Redear hybrid. And of course, maybe there's just something with the water in Philly! Can you divulge the location (privately even)? I am in central NJ and next time I am in Philly I'd love to check it out. Later.
:In South Philadelphia, where I work. There is a group of lakes in a picnic park. There is always a lot of turtles basking at the end of one of the lakes, where all kinds of debris piles up. There is one turtle I can't identify.
:The shell is black and smooth just like a painted, but thicker and more boxy like a mud turtle, there is a very prominent red ear slash just like an RES, but has the yellow pinstriping on the neck like a painted. Many times I'll see many varities basking. RES, Eastern painteds, Muds, I even saw a Diamondback Terrapin once(obviously very blind but apparently quite healthy), and the turtle I just described. And there is not just one of them. There's a couple of them of different sizes.