Turtles of the Okanagan: Species Identification

Red-Eared Slider Turtles (Trachemys scripta elegans) are an invasive species:

  • * Yellow underside (plastron)
  • * Red stripe behind each eye (postorbital)
  • * They are released or escaped pets
  • * They compete with indigenous wildlife and can spread diseases (pathogens) to other animals and people
  • * Indigenous to Southeast United States, Mexico, Central America and Brazil

Western Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta bellii) are an indigenous species:

  • * Red underside (plastron)
  • * Smooth leathery shell (carapace)
  • * They are listed as at risk (blue, special concern)