Full-grown adult female, Macritchie Reservoir, Singapore.
A smaller male courts a female by stroking her face with his claws.
Family : EMYDIDAE
Species : Trachemys scripta elegans
Maximum Carapace Length : 28 cm
References : H1
Originating from the U.S.,
the Red-eared Terrapin has been introduced into many waterbodies in
Southeast Asia, particularly in temple ponds, public parks and reservoirs.
Such releases are either made by bored pet owners who want to rid themselves of
their terrapins, or are Buddhists making 'merit'.
The shells of juveniles
are bright green, and this darkens with age. The face shows a distinctive
arrangement of pale yellow stripes, and red markings behind the ear.
During the day groups of
these terrapins can be seen sunning themselves on rocks or fallen logs.
The species is well established around urban areas, and is likely to spread
to other habitats in future; there is a danger that this introduced species
could displace native