Trachemys scripta elegans (Wied-Neuwied, 1839)

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Report the species

Report Trachemys scripta elegans to the National Museum of Natural History.

Status and distribution in Luxembourg

Distribution map of Trachemys scripta elegans Wied-Neuwied, 1839 in Luxembourg. Data source: Recorder-Lux, iNaturalist & GBIF, 2019-11-17.

Notwithstanding the EU import suspension of this species since 1997, every year new records of this turtle are reported in most European countries, due to continuous dumping in the wild of animals formerly kept as pets. Occurrences in Luxembourg include the gravel pit area in Remerschen-Wintringen, the Lower Sauer close to Diekirch, the Brill area in Schifflange, the ponds Braakeweier (Kockelscheuer) and Gipsweier (Bridel/Steinsel) and the Alzette north of Hunsdorf.

The Recorder data base provides no differentiation between the red-eared slider and the yellow-bellied slider.

Risk assessment

ISEIA protocol: C1 (1+2+3+1) (Ries et al. 2014: 199).


  • Proess, R. (éd.), 2007. Verbreitungsatlas der Reptilien des Großherzogtums Luxemburg. Ferrantia 52, Musée national d’histoire naturelle, Luxembourg, ISSN 1682-5519, 58 pp.
  • Ries, C., M. Pfeiffenschneider, Engel, E., J.-C. Heidt & M. Lauff, 2014. Environmental impact assessment and black, watch and alert list classification after the ISEIA Protocol of vertebrates in Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 115: 195-201. [PDF 247 KB]

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