Red-eared Slider Turtle

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The red-eared slider turtle is another non-native pet often released into the wild with negative consequences for native species. This exotic species may carry diseases that can be devastating to native turtle species.

Red-eared Slider Turtle
(Trachemys scripta elegans)

The red-eared slider turtle is another non-native pet often released into the wild with negative consequences for native species. Though native to the southern USA, it has been introduced and released all across the United States. Red-eared sliders have a life span of 20-50 years and eat a variety of animal and plant species including fish, crayfish, tadpoles, snails, aquatic insects and numerous aquatic plant species. This exotic species may carry diseases that can be devastating to native turtle species.