Cumberland Slider (Trachemys scripta troostii)

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Cumberland Slider
Trachemys scripta troostii
Cumberland Slider (Trachemys scripta troostii)
Name Cumberland Slider
Name Lat. Trachemys scripta troostii
Family Pond Turtles & Box Turtles
Family lat. Emydidae
Order Turtles
Order lat. Testudines
Origin North America
Habitat Rivers
Diet Fish, insects, plants, fruits
Humidity 60-80 %
Behavior Peaceful
Keeping Individual, group
Care Level Moderate
Reproduction Oviparous
Housing Aquaterrarium
Life Span 25-30 years
Protection EU-DVO 2016/1141 Invasive alien species
Metric Units
Size 25-30 cm
Temperature 24-28 °C
Temperature Local 35-40 °C
Housing Size 150 x 60 x 70 cm
US Units
Size 10"-12"
Temperature 75-82 °F
Temperature Local 95-104 °F
Housing Size 60" x 25" x 30"

Distribution and habitat

The range of the Cumberland ornate turtle extends from southern Virginia to Alabama (USA). They live in shallow, slow-moving waters with soft, muddy bottoms and dense vegetation.


Minimum dimensions for the aquaterrarium, according to the size and number of animals

floor space for 1-2 animals: 5PL x 2,5PL (L x W) Water level: 2PB

The carapace length (PL) and carapace width (PB) is measured on the largest animal. For each additional animal, increase the footprint by 10%, and for the 5th animal and larger, increase the footprint by 20%. An aquaterrarium of e.g. 150 x 60 x 70 cm is recommended, which should be placed in a quiet place.

The water part with a substrate of sand or fine gravel, should be structured with roots, aquatic plants and larger stones (hiding places), some of which reach the water surface. In addition, they need a land part with a soft substrate, with plants and roots, as well as sunny spots. To maintain water quality, a powerful filter with low flow and frequent water changes are recommended.

Water Temp lighting Sunny
Summer 20-28 °C 12-14 hrs. 35-40 °C
Winter (2-3 months) 10-14 °C 6-8 hrs

They need high light intensity and daily UV irradiation as well as sunny places with radiant heat.


Juveniles feed predominantly on animal food, whereas adults feed predominantly on plant food. The food supply consists of live insect larvae, snails, earthworms, meal beetle larvae, shrimp, fish pieces, supplemented with pelleted or freeze-dried ready-made food for aquatic turtles. Frozen food is also well accepted. In addition, they absolutely need vegetable food, such as lettuce, dandelion, endive and aquatic plants (e.g. waterweed) as well as, individually varying, sweet fruit. Regular addition of minerals and vitamins is important

A varied diet promotes health and prevents deficiency symptoms.

Reproduction and breeding

Males have a concave ventral carapace and a much longer tail than females. The anal opening of the male is closer to the tip of the tail than in the female.

Mating occurs in the water in the spring and egg laying (up to 16 eggs) occurs between May and June. A small, sandy shore is necessary for egg laying. The incubation period is 52-107 days (usually 70 days) at a temperature of 24-30 °C.

The life expectancy can be 25-30 years.


They like to bask on flat stones or on floating branches. Winter dormancy can be in water or earth-moist substrate

Often juveniles are confused with the red-cheeked slider turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans).

The terrarium must have good ventilation without drafts and meet the species specific needs. Measuring devices such as thermometers, hygrometers, etc. are necessary. The lighting has to correspond to the species-specific day-night rhythm and has to be placed in such a way that the animals cannot injure themselves. The terrarium should be locked in such a way that neither unauthorized persons can open it nor the animals can escape. Contamination must be removed regularly.

Further literature can be found in your pet store.


Text: Christian Sänger; Image: petdata

Source: BMELV (1997): Tierschutzgutachten - Mindestanforderungen an die Haltung von ReptilienENGELMANN (2006): Zootierhaltung - Tiere in menschlicher Obhut: Reptilien und Amphibien, Harri Deutsch Verlag; ROGNER (2009): Taschenatlas Schildkröten, Verlag Ulmer

  • Gemäß § 21 Abs. 5 Tierschutzgesetz idgF