Poster - identification guide for Western Painted Turtle vs. slider. The Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii) is native to B.C. Two populations are recognized. The Pacific Coast population, found on southeastern
Vancouver Island, some Gulf Islands and the Pacific Coast mainland, is designated as Endangered. The Intermountain-Rocky Mountain population found in interior B.C. is
designated as Special Concern. The Western Painted Turtle is difficult to tell apart
from an introduced turtle, the Slider (Trachemys scripta).
The Slider has been introduced into many areas of southern B.C. including Vancouver Island, Fraser Valley, and the Okanagan. Most Sliders are ?released? pets.
Ministry of Environment. 2008. Western Painted Turtle Identification Guide. Ministry of Environment
Topic: Alien (Invasive) Species
Keywords: bc, british columbia
Scientific Name: Chrysemys picta, Trachemys scripta
English Name: Slider, Painted Turtle
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