Image © Suzanne L. Collins, CNAH.

Occurrence Dot Map:
Data from 444 occurrences (234 museum vouchers).
- 110 museum vouchers > 30 yrs.
- 124 museum vouchers < 30 yrs.
- 210 observations.
- 0 literature observations.
320 unique localities.

Collection/Observation Date Quartile Plot:

Collection/Observation by Hour:
0 records from 12:00:00 AM to 1:00:00 AM 0 records from 1:00:00 AM to 2:00:00 AM 0 records from 2:00:00 AM to 3:00:00 AM 0 records from 3:00:00 AM to 4:00:00 AM 0 records from 4:00:00 AM to 5:00:00 AM 0 records from 5:00:00 AM to 6:00:00 AM 0 records from 6:00:00 AM to 7:00:00 AM 0 records from 7:00:00 AM to 8:00:00 AM 0 records from 8:00:00 AM to 9:00:00 AM 4 record(s) from 9:00:00 AM to 10:00:00 AM 8 record(s) from 10:00:00 AM to 11:00:00 AM 18 record(s) from 11:00:00 AM to 12:00:00 PM 18 record(s) from 12:00:00 PM to 1:00:00 PM 25 record(s) from 1:00:00 PM to 2:00:00 PM 15 record(s) from 2:00:00 PM to 3:00:00 PM 20 record(s) from 3:00:00 PM to 4:00:00 PM 13 record(s) from 4:00:00 PM to 5:00:00 PM 10 record(s) from 5:00:00 PM to 6:00:00 PM 9 record(s) from 6:00:00 PM to 7:00:00 PM 9 record(s) from 7:00:00 PM to 8:00:00 PM 3 record(s) from 8:00:00 PM to 9:00:00 PM 0 records from 9:00:00 PM to 10:00:00 PM 0 records from 10:00:00 PM to 11:00:00 PM 0 records from 11:00:00 PM to 12:00:00 AM
1 6 12 18 24

Observation Type:
38 - DOR
19 - AOR
67 - Basking
110 - Active, off-road
1 - Under cover
9 - Dead, off-road

Public Lands Records:
1 - Barber State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area
4 - Big Basin Prairie Preserve
2 - Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area
2 - Clark Wildlife Area
1 - Clinton Lake Project Lands
1 - Concannon State Fishing Lake
2 - Copan Wildlife Area
1 - Council Grove Wildlife Area
1 - Flint Hills Wildlife Refuge
2 - Fort Riley
1 - Glen Elder State Park
2 - Glen Elder Wildlife Area
1 - La Cygne Lake
12 - Meade State Park
1 - Miami State Fishing Lake
1 - Mined Land Wildlife Area
1 - Montgomery State Fishing Lake
1 - Neosho State Fishing Lake
3 - Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
2 - Smoky Hill Weapons Range
1 - Wilson State Fishing Lake
POND SLIDER
Trachemys scripta, (Schoepff, 1792)
  (trA'-kem-Es script'-a)

Recognition:
Semiaquatic; short tail; rigid carapace and plastron, carapace with roughly jagged rear edge; large dark spots on plastron; carapace dark with pattern of black and yellowish lines; plastron yellow or light brown with large dark brown or black spots; limbs and tail dark gray or greenish with yellow stripes; head same color but has broad red stripe behind each eye plus yellow stripes above and below; old adults may turn progressively darker in color until almost completely black; adult females grow much larger than males; male turtles have longer claws on front feet than females.

Distribution:
The Slider is a semi-aquatic turtle found throughout much of Kansas (in all major river drainages). It is absent from the northwestern portion of the state and along its northern and western borders (except for the single record from Wallace County). The range (and numbers) of this species may be increasing due to construction of new impoundments. Red dots indicate records backed by voucher specimens or images. A specimen exists for Greenwood County (USNM 55543) but is only given to county, and therefore cannot be mapped precisely. The records mapped by Collins (1993) from Chase and Marion counties, are unknown and not mapped.
Two specimens (KU 3258-9) from Wallace County (summer 1911) are given to county only. It was recently rediscovered (Collins, 2007)on Willow Creek lending credibility to those earlier records.
County Breakdown: County Name (# occurrences)
Allen (11), Anderson (1), Atchison (1), Barber (22), Barton (2), Bourbon (10), Butler (4), Chautauqua (10), Cherokee (16), Clark (16), Coffey (2), Comanche (20), Cowley (6), Crawford (5), Dickinson (1), Doniphan (9), Douglas (6), Elk (5), Ellis (7), Ellsworth (1), Finney (11), Ford (2), Franklin (6), Geary (2), Grant (1), Gray (1), Greenwood (3), Harper (11), Harvey (3), Hodgeman (7), Jefferson (1), Johnson (2), Kingman (5), Kiowa (17), Labette (20), Lincoln (6), Linn (11), Lyon (2), McPherson (1), Meade (17), Miami (17), Mitchell (2), Montgomery (28), Morris (1), Neosho (13), Ness (2), Osage (1), Osborne (5), Ottawa (3), Pawnee (1), Pottawatomie (1), Pratt (7), Reno (6), Rice (4), Riley (1), Russell (5), Saline (5), Sedgwick (2), Seward (21), Shawnee (1), Stafford (3), Sumner (9), Trego (1), Wallace (3), Wilson (9), Woodson (2), Wyandotte (3)

Growth and Longevity:
Adults normally 125203 mm (58 inches) in carapace length. Largest specimen from Kansas is a female (KU 189281) from Douglas County with a carapace length of 290 mm (11 3/8 inches) and a weight of 4.2 kilograms (9 pounds, 3 ounces), collected by Rob Ladner on 23 June 1981. Maximum carapace length throughout range: 11 3/8 inches (Conant and Collins, 1998).

Fossil Record:
Pleistocene fossil specimens are known from Rice, McPherson, Meade, Ellsworth, Seward, and Jewell counties.

References:
1993. Collins, Joseph T. Amphibians and Reptiles of Kansas. University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Lawrence. Pp. 397.

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