Red Ear Slider (Trachemys Scripts Elegans)

Conservation status

IUCN: Red List: NIL

Key Descriptions

The Red Eared Slider is one of the most common pets in the world. They get their name from the striking red stripe which runs along its ears & its signature ability of being able to effortlessly slide off logs & rocks which they bask on into the water.

Habitat

The red-eared slider originated from the area around the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico, in warm climates in the southeastern United States. Their native areas range from the southeast of Colorado to Virginia and Florida. They live in areas of calm water where they are able to leave the water easily by climbing onto rocks or tree trunks so they can warm up in the sun.

Social Life

Individuals are often found sunbathing in a group or even on top of each other. On occasion, a male may appear to be courting another male, and when kept in captivity may also show this behaviour towards other household pets. Between male turtles, it could be a sign of dominance and may preclude a fight. Young turtles may carry out the courtship dance before they reach sexual maturity at five years of age, but they are unable to mate.

Fun Facts

Diet

Fish & Vegetables

Key Information

Origin:S. United State & N. Mexico
Size:12 – 20.3cm
Weight:Up to 16kg
Lifespan:Up to 30years

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