Red – eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

Red – eared sliders get their name from the red line behind the eyes while their head, legs and necks are greenish with yellow stripes. They like to bask in the sun in groups.
They are omnivores and feed on plants and small animals like crickets, tadpoles and aquatic insects. Turtles don’t have teeth, but instead have sharp ridges with little sharp groves, like a serrated knife on their upper and lower jaws. Their breeding season is between spring and summer. They are freshwater turtles who live in ponds and slow moving lakes. The males are smaller and have longer claws than the females. They were initially only found in America but due to a vigorous pet trade they are popping up all over the world. This trade has also resulted in these turtles becoming one of the most invasive species as people release them into the wild once they get bored of them.

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