Red-Eared Slider

Trachemys scripta elegans

Class: Reptilia Order: Testudines Family: Emydidae


Length: 5-11 in Weight: 2 lbs


40-70 years


Red eared sliders are omnivores. They feed on aquatic plants, invertebrates, tadpoles, and small fish.

Habitat & Range

This species is native to the southeastern United States. They are found in rivers, streams, and wetlands.

Interesting Facts

  • These aquatic turtles are often sold as pets.
  • While native to the southern US, this species is now found in mu cog the United States and is considered an invasive species in many areas. This is the result of people releasing pet red eared sliders into the wild. This is an issue because they compete with native turtles for food, habitat, and other resources.
  • This species’ name comes from the red patch on the sides of their head, and their tendency to slide into the water if startled.

Conservation Status

Least Concern


This species is very common and widespread. They are very popular as pets.