Last updated: September 7, 2011
Turtles of the Month - Student Corner
Invasive Red-Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
Description. Broad red or orange strip behind each eye and yellow stripes on the neck and legs. Dark shell.
Habitat. Native range in the Mississippi Valley area of the United States. Species originated in the eastern U.S. Invasive populations can be found along the coastal states of the U.S., in Hawaii, and in parts of the Caribbean, Canada and Mexico.
Diet. Consists of plants, insects, snails, worms, tadpoles, crayfish and fish.
Status. Invasive, non-indigenous populations are thriving. Many populations established through the illegal release of pets.
Threats. Unlike other featured turtles, the red-eared slider is a threat to our native species, competing for habitat, food sources and nesting sites. Can also transmit parasites and diseases to which our native turtles have no immunity.