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Red-eared Slider

Red-eared Slider

Animal's Behavior

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.

Eating Habits

Anything from fish, crawfish and snails to plant species.


Lakes and rivers from Illinois to the Gulf coast United States

Conservation Efforts

Considered an invasive species in some areas, red-eared sliders are a species of least concern and are heavily promoted in the pet trade.

Animal Facts

  • 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!

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Trachemys scripta elegans


Animalia, Chordata, Reptilia, Anapsida, Testudines, Emydiea

Place of Birth

Southern United States


10 inches


Dark green with light to dark markings; red stripe along the head


35 years

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Where to See

Audubon Zoo

Mailing address: Audubon Nature Institute 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118
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