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Called “sliders” because of their ability to slide off quickly into water, these turtles are good swimmers and love to bask in the sun. They are easy to spot because of the distinctive red stripe along their heads.
Anything from fish, crawfish and snails to plant species.
Lakes and rivers from Illinois to the Gulf coast United States
Considered an invasive species in some areas, red-eared sliders are a species of least concern and are heavily promoted in the pet trade.
- Red-eared sliders can be aggressive and may injure other turtles in the competition for food.
- It is the most popular pet turtle in the United States.
- Males are usually smaller than females.
- You can spot numerous red-eared sliders in Audubon Zoo lagoons basking on logs!
Trachemys scripta elegans
Animalia, Chordata, Reptilia, Anapsida, Testudines, Emydiea
Place of Birth
Southern United States
Dark green with light to dark markings; red stripe along the head