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Big Bend slider

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Trachemys gaigeae gaigeae
  • Pseudemys scripta gaigeae Hartweg, 1939
  • Pseudemys gaigeae
    — Stejneger & Barbour, 1939
  • Pseudemys scripta gagei
    Zweig & Crenshaw, 1957 ex errore
  • Chrysemys scripta gaigeae
    — HM Smith & Taylor, 1966
  • Pseudemys scripta gaigei
    Ernst, 1967 ex errore
  • Chrysemys gaigeae
    — Weaver & Rose, 1967
  • Pseudemys scripta gaigea Degenhardt & Christiansen, 1974
    ex errore
  • Chrysemys gaigae
    Ashton, Edwards & Pisani, 1976
    ex errore
  • Chrysemys gaigea
    — Morafka, 1977
  • Chrysemys scripta gaigae
    — Morafka, 1977
  • Trachemys nebulosa gaigeae — Ward, 1984
  • Pseudemys scripta gaigae
    — Stebbins, 1985
  • Trachemys scripta gaigeae
    — Iverson, 1985
  • Trachemys gaigeae
    — Dixon, 1987
  • Trachemys gaigae
    — Williamson, Hyder & Applegarth, 1994
  • Trachemys ornata gaigeae
    — Walls, 1996
  • Trachemys gaigeae gaigeae
    — Seidel, 2002
  • Trachemys scripta gaigae
    — Gurley, 2003
  • Trachemys nebulosa gaigae
    — Joseph-Ouni, 2004
Trachemys gaigeae hartwegi
  • Pseudemys scripta hartwegi Legler, 1980 nomen nudum
  • Chrysemys scripta hartwegi
    — Obst, 1983
  • Trachemys scripta hartwegi
    — Iverson, 1985
  • Pseudemys scripta hartwegi Legler, 1990
  • Trachemys scripta hartwegi
    — Iverson, 1992
  • Trachemys ornata hartwegi
    — Walls, 1996
  • Trachemys nebulosa hartwegi — Bringsøe, 2001
  • Trachemys gaigeae hartwegi
    — Seidel, 2002

The Big Bend slider Trachemys gaigeae is a species of aquatic turtle endemic to the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico


  • 1 Geographic range
  • 2 Etymology
  • 3 Taxonomy
  • 4 Behavior
  • 5 Description
  • 6 Subspecies
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links
  • 9 Further reading

Geographic rangeedit

T gaigeae is native to the United States in the states of New Mexico and Texas, and to northern Mexico in the state of Chihuahua It is found primarily in the Rio Grande and Rio Conchos river systems


The epithet, gaigeae, is in honor of American herpetologist Helen Beulah Thompson Gaige,4 who collected the first specimen in the Big Bend region of Texas in 19281


The species was first described by professor of zoology at the University of Michigan, Dr Norman Edouard Hartweg, in 1939 It was for a time considered to be a species of cooter, genus Pseudemys, and then a subspecies of the pond slider, Trachemys scripta, but it was granted full species status, though many sources still refer to it by its various synonyms


Primarily aquatic, Big Bend sliders are often seen basking on rocks or logs in the water, and when approached quickly dive to the bottom The only time they spend a large amount of time on land is when the females emerge to lay their eggs They are an omnivorous species, with younger animals being more carnivorous, and progressively becoming more herbivorous as they age, with older adults being nearly entirely herbivorous


Adults of T gaigeae have a carapace length of 5 to 11 inches 13 to 28 cm


  • Trachemys gaigeae gaigeae Hartweg, 1939
  • Trachemys gaigeae hartwegi Legler, 1990


  1. ^ van Dijk, PP 2011 "Trachemys gaigeae" The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species IUCN 2011: eT22024A97429519 doi:102305/IUCNUK2011-1RLTST22024A9346883en Retrieved 9 November 2017 
  2. ^ "Trachemys gaigeae " The Reptile Database wwwreptile-databaseorg
  3. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter 2007 "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" PDF Vertebrate Zoology 57 2: 205 Archived from the original PDF on 2010-12-17 Retrieved 29 May 2012 
  4. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M 2011 The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press xiii + 296 pp ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5 Trachemys gaigeae, p 96

External linksedit

  • Species Trachemys gaigeae at The Reptile Database

Further readingedit

  • Behler JL, King FW 1979 The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians New York: Alfred A Knopf 743 pp ISBN 0-394-50824-6 Chrysemys scripta gaigeae, p 453
  • Conant R 1975 A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America, Second Edition Boston: Houghton Mifflin xviii + 429 pp + Plates 1-48 ISBN 0-395-19979-4 hardcover, ISBN 0-395-19977-8 paperback Chrysemys scripta gaigeae, p 63 + Figure 10 on p 58 + Map 25
  • Hartweg N 1939 "A New American Pseudemys " Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan 397: 1-4 Pseudemys scripta gaigeae, new subspecies
  • Legler JM 1990 "Chapter 7 The Genus Pseudemys in Mesoamerica: Taxonomy, Distribution, and Origins" In: Gibbons JW 1990 Life History and Ecology of the Slider Turtle Washington, District of Columbia: Smithsonian Institution Press 368 pp ISBN 978-0874744682 Pseudemys scripta hartwegi, new subspecies, pp 89–91, Figure 75, Tables 72-76
  • Smith HM, Brodie ED Jr 1982 Reptiles of North America: A Guide to Field Identification New York: Golden Press 240 pp ISBN 0-307-13666-3 Pseudemys scripta gaigeae, pp 56–57
  • Stebbins RC 2003 A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians, Third Edition The Peterson Field Guide Series ® Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company xiii + 533 pp ISBN 978-0-395-98272-3 Trachemys gaigeae, pp 253–254 + Plate 21 + Map 69

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