Trachemys is a genus of aquatic turtles belonging to the family Emydidae, commonly referred to as Sliders, comprising 15 species found in North, Centrral, and South America. Considered a diurnal turtle, it feeds mainly in the morning and frequently basks on shore, on logs, or while floating, during the rest of the day. At night, it sleeps lying on the bottom or resting on the surface near brush piles.
Pseudemys is a genus of large, herbivorous, freshwater turtles of the eastern United States, often referred to as Cooters. Comprises approximately seven species, nembers of this genus are aquatic, and spend the majority of their time in lakes, rivers, and ponds basking on rocks and logs in sunny weather.