Red-Eared Slider

Trachemys scripta elegans

Red-Eared Slider

Trachemys scripta elegans
Least Concern
Trachemys scripta elegans
Defining Characteristics and Behavior:

The Red-eared slider is a freshwater turtle that can grow up to 12 inches in length. They have a distinctive red stripe behind their eyes with the head, neck, and legs patterned with yellow stripes. Their shell (carapace) is a greenish-brown shell with yellow markings. These turtles are known for basking in the sun on rocks or logs and can often be seen lined up on top of each other. They are also strong swimmers and can stay submerged for up to an hour.

Habitat Preferences:
Average Lifecycle:
Fun Facts:
  1. The Red-eared slider communicates with touch and vibrations.
  2. They are known for their ability to survive in urban environments and can often be found in park ponds or other man-made bodies of water.
  3. The temperature of the sand an egg was incubated in determines the sex of the Red-eared Slider. 

Other Information

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