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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


Fun 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.
  • During the winter months, these turtles become dormant in a hibernation-like state called brumation


Conservation Threats

Although they are impacted by habitat loss, water pollution, road mortality, and pet trade, these threats do not seem to have a significant impact on their population numbers in the wild

These turtles are considered an invasive species since they are been released in the wild by disinterested pet owners in non-native habitats


Red-eared Slider This species is listed as one of the most invasive species in the World




Map Distributional range in the U.S