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Red-eared Slider

Red eared slider is a type of semiaquatic turtle native to northern Mexico and the southern United States. But, it has made its way to other places in the world due to pet releases. The turtle is diurnal and omnivore. It is very popular in the pet trade.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Subclass Anapsida
    Order Testudines
    Family Emydidae
    Genus Trachemys
    Species Trachemys scripta
    Scientific Name Trachemys scripta elegans


    Other Names Red-eared Terrapin
    Size 15 to 20 cm; specimens measuring more than 40 cm are also found
    Weight Up to 3 kg
    Color Dark green outer shell with light and dark markings; light yellow underside with uneven dark markings at the centre of most scutes; green head, legs and tail with fine uneven yellow lines; entire shell is covered in stripes
    Distribution Southeast of Colorado, Virginia, Florida (native range); Australia, Europe, South Africa, the Caribbean Islands, Bahrain, Israel, Guam, the Mariana Islands, southeast and far-east Asia (feral population)
    Habitat Ponds, lakes, creeks, streams, swamps, slow-flowing rivers
    Diet Aquatic insects, snails, crawfish, fish, tadpoles, crustaceans, mollusks; plants like arrowhead, water lilies, hyacinths, duck weed.
    Hibernation Fact Undergoes brumation
    Predators Adults fall prey to alligators, crocodiles; juveniles are preyed upon by raccoons, fox, skunk, wading birds, storks
    Breeding Season March – July
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 2 to 30 eggs
    Incubation Period 59 – 112 days
    Reproductive Age 5 years of age
    Average Lifespan 20 to 40 years or more
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on October 31st 2016 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 11th August 2018.

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