The Jamaican slider (Trachemys terrapen) also known as the Cat island slider is a species of fresh water turtle in the Emydidae family. It is found in the Bahamas and Jamaica. As it is not currently found on any of the other surrounding islands in the region it is assumed that the Jamaican slider was introduced from one of these countries to the other. Even though the popular theory was that these turtles originated from Jamaica, current geological evidence may suggest that they were in the Bahamas long before the native Indians first went to the Bahama islands. There is also evidence from archeological sites on San Salvador that the native Indians ate these turtles and transplanted them around the West Indies.
... The Jamaican slider is listed as Vulnerable in the 2007 IUCN Red List but is not currently listed under CITES ... Bahamas, habitat loss is an ever increasing threat to the Jamaican Slider and this includes Cat Island ... biggest cause for concern is the continued importation of the red-eared slider Trachemys scripta elegans for the pet trade ...
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“When a Jamaican is born of a black woman and some English or Scotsman, the black mother is literally and figuratively kept out of sight as far as possible, but no one is allowed to forget that white father, however questionable the circumstances of birth.”
—Zora Neale Hurston (18911960)