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Red-eared Slider
Trachemys scripta elegans

Habitat: Lives in freshwater lake and pond habitats

Range: South-western United States of America

Natural Diet: Aquatic invertebrates and plants

Status in the Wild: Not evaluated


Animal Facts

These turtles were named after the red-line that borders their ears. They are predominantly aquatic leaving only to bask in the sun and to build terrestrial nests. The female sliders are larger than the males. These turtles breed prolifically laying up to 2 and half dozen eggs per clutch. They could lay five clutches per year.

They are popular as pets are are considered an invasive species.


This species is listed as one of the most invasive species in the World


Distributional range in the U.S