Trachemys scripta elegans
St. Louis Co., Missouri. Summer of 1972.
Behold the mighty Red-ear! Dime-store turtle, denizen of the plastic death bowl (complete with palm tree) and colonizer of foreign waters. Tough and adaptable, and cute as a button just out of the egg. My first Red-ear was a neonate, found in the small creek just a few hundred feet from my house in suburban Lemay, Missouri. Since then I’ve seen them everywhere; the clean, cold waters of the Current River, the muddy, sludgy lower Meramec, storm sewers, parks, farm ponds, roadside ditches, and crossing roads far from water. The top Red-ear pictured here was observed in Lumphini Park, Bangkok, Thailand, and the bottom is from southern Illinois.
HerpMapper records for this species are here.