TRACHEMYS SCRIPTA TROOSTII
The Cumberland Turtle is a subspecies of the Trachemys
scripta. There are three sub-species that make up the T.scripta family, T.s.scripta,
(Yellow bellied Slider) T.s.elegans,(Red-eared Slider) and T.s.troostii (Cumberland
Cumberland Turtles are identified by the
yellow ear striping rather than the red found on Red-eared Turtles.
Cumberland Turtles don't grow as large as
the Red-eared Turtles, with female Cumberland Turtles obtaining
around 20 - 22cm long in the shell, and males 15 - 17cm.
Like the male Red-eared Turtle, the male Cumberland
Turtles have extremely long claws on their front feet and a very large tail in
relation to the females.
The Cumberland Turtle is easy to keep and can be
Cumberland Turtles are hard to find
in New Zealand, but there are a few in private collections.