Trachemys callirostris

Trachemys callirostris is a turtle in the family Emydidae found in Colombia and Venezuela.[1]

Trachemys callirostris
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Not evaluated (IUCN 2.3)[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Testudinoidea
Family: Emydidae
Genus: Trachemys
T. callirostris
Binomial name
Trachemys callirostris
(Gray, 1856)[1]
Trachemys callirostris callirostris
  • Emys callirostris Gray, 1856
  • Emys callorostris Gray, 1856 (ex errore)
  • Callichelys callirostris Gray, 1863
  • Pseudemys callirostris Cope, 1887
  • Chrysemys ornata var. callirostris Boulenger, 1889
  • Pseudemys scripta callirostris Williams, 1956
  • Pseudemys ornata callirostris Wermuth & Mertens, 1961
  • Chrysemys callirostris Weaver & Rose, 1967
  • Chrysemys scripta callirostris Weaver & Rose, 1967
  • Trachemys scripta callirostris Iverson, 1985
  • Trachemys callirostris Seidel & Jackson, 1990
  • Trachemys ascita callirostris Tafur & Tapias, 1993
  • Trachemys ornata callirostris Vanzolini, 1995
  • Trachemys dorbigni callirostris Obst, 1996
  • Trachemys callirostris callirostris Seidel, 2002
Trachemys callirostris chichiriviche
  • Pseudemys scripta chichiriviche Pritchard & Trebbau, 1984
  • Trachemys scripta chichiriviche Iverson, 1985
  • Trachemys ornata chichiriviche Vanzolini, 1995
  • Trachemys callirostris chichiriviche Seidel, 2002


The turtle's carapace is green with light colors with dark splotches between them. The head of the turtle includes yellow lines and a splotch behind their ears resembling pond slider(Trachemys scripta). On average they are 25 cm(10 in.). Larger specimens can are around 32 cm(12.5 in.), but have been as long as 35 cm(13.5 in.).[3]


There are two subspecies recognized:[1]

  • Colombian slider (T. c. callirostris)
  • Venezuelan slider (T. c. chichiriviche)

The species was thought to be a subspecies of the pond slider(Trachemys scripta).[3]

Distribution and habitatEdit

The species is found in Colombia and Venezuela. Many have been found in the Magdalena River.[4] They live in slow rivers, lakes, swamps, ponds, and rafts and can tolerate brackish water to some extent. They live in areas with floating vegetation and logs to bask on.[3]

The Colombian subspecies in lives in northern Colombia and Northwest Venezuela near the Antioquia Department(Colombia), Atlántico Department(Colombia), Bolívar Department(Colombia), Córdoba Department(Colombia), Cesar Department(Colombia), La Guajira Department(Colombia), Magdalena Department(Colombia), Zulia(Venezuela), and Falcón(Venezuela). The Venezuelan subspecies is found in small coastal river systems near Rio Tocuyo(Venezuela), Falcón(Venezuela), Rio Morón(Venezuela), and Carabobo(Venezuela).[1]

Further readingEdit

Infotortuga: Trachemys callirostris, tortuga colombiana Website in Spanish, fairly accurate translation on Google Translate


  1. ^ a b c d e Rhodin, Anders G.J.; Paul van Dijk, Peter; Inverson, John B.; Shaffer, H. Bradley (2010-12-14). "Turtles of the World 2010 Update: Annotated Checklist of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution and Conservation Status" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2010-12-15.
  2. ^ Fritz Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 201–202. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-01. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Trachemys callirostris, tortuga colombiana". Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  4. ^ "CUIDEMOS NUESTRO RÍO MAGDALENA" (PDF). 2012-03-27. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2020-06-25.