red eared slider Turtle

The Red Eared Slider turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans) is a semi-aquatic turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. It is one of the most popular pet turtles in the United States and is also found in the wild in many parts of the world. The Red Eared Slider gets its name from the red markings on its head and from its ability to “slide” off rocks and logs into the water.

The Red Eared Slider is a medium-sized turtle, reaching an adult size of 8-10 inches (20-25 cm). The shell is dark green or brown with yellow stripes running down the sides. The belly is yellow or orange with black spots. The head is marked with red, orange, or yellow stripes. The neck and legs are green or brown with yellow stripes. Adult Red Eared Sliders have a life span of 20-30 years.

Red Eared Sliders are found in slow moving rivers, ponds, lakes, and marshes. They are most active during the day and bask in the sun on logs or rocks. They are good swimmers and climbers and can often be seen basking in trees.