Red-eared Slider

Red-eared Slider

Red-eared Slider
Trachemys scripta elegans


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Chelonia
FAMILY
Emydidae

Range

Native to the Mississippi River Valley, Virginia, from Illinois west to Kansas and Oklahoma and south to the Gulf of Mexico


Habitat

Freshwater ponds and streams


Diet

Variety of animal and plant materials including fish, crawfish, tadpoles, snails and plant species

Weight

Up to 2 lbs.

Size

5 - 11 in.

Incubation

65 - 75 days

Clutch

2 - 25 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Their name comes from the distinctive red marks around the ear, and their ability to slide quickly off rocks and logs into water.
  • Sliders will sleep at night underwater, usually resting on the bottom or floating on the surface, using their inflated throat as a flotation aid.
  • As a sociable species, the red-eared slider often climbs atop one another while basking in the sun on a log or rock emerging from the water.
  • Red-eared sliders must eat their food in water, because they have fixed tongues and water assists swallowing.
  • New hatchlings break open their egg with an egg tooth, which falls out about an hour after hatching.

 

Conservation

Distribution has become worldwide due to the pet trade. Considered an invasive species in some areas.

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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