We conducted a turtle mark-recapture program within a 160 m stretch of the Fredericksburg Canal with standard, baited hoop nets from May to July 2012 to determine if a population of the introduced Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) and Yellow-bellied Slider (Trachemys s. scripta) are established in this area. We captured and marked nine Red-eared Sliders (1 male, 8 females) and estimated a population size of 23 individuals. Most were reproductively mature. The established population in the canal may be a source of introduction into the Rappahannock River.
Wieland, W. and Y. Takeda. 2013. First Record of Pond Sliders (Trachemys scripta scripta and T. s. elegans) at Fredericksburg, Virginia with Observations on Population Size, Age and Growth. Virginia Journal of Science 64 (1 & 2): 27-33.