Red-eared Slider


Common name : Red-eared terrapin, Yellow-bellied slider turtle

Scientific name : Trachemys scripta elegans

Family : Emydidae

Native to : United States and Mexico

Interesting fact : Sliders are known for their tendency to slide quickly into water from trees or logs where they bask.

Conservation status : Near Threatened

The most popular turtle pet is the red-eared slider. They love swimming and basking in the sun to keep themselves warm. It has a prominent red-patch near the ear and its olive brown shell and skin are covered in yellow lines. Living in freshwater bodies adults are vegetarians eating aquatic plants while the young ones are carnivores.

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