Terrapin | Welsh Mountain Zoo


Trachemys scripta

  • Not Evaluated
  • Data Deficient
  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Turtles originate from prehistoric times and are the oldest living creates on our planet today, the Terrapin forming part of the Turtle family. They can be found across the globe predominately in temperate areas and can be aggressive when acting in defence. Terrapins can live up to 30 years.

Native Range →

Native to Mexico, but introduced across the globe

Natural Habitat  →

Wetlands, lakes and swamps

Diet  →

Omnivorous: leaves, plants, fish, tadpoles, frogs and snails

Life Expectancy  →

15-25 years in the wild Up to 30 years in zoos

Breeding  →

5-20 eggs & an incubation period between 60-91 days

Group Name  →


Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Illegal pet trade, hunting.

Fun fact

Terrapins live on land and in water, usually in swamps, ponds, lakes and rivers.

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