Red-Eared Slider

"Chrysemys scripta elegans"

This is our young and very tame Red-Eared Slider.

I am studying the Red-Eared Slider. It's scientific name is Chrysemys scripta elegans.

In the wild it's habitat is quiet waters with a muddy bottom. Often it lives in a grassy pond. In the classroom, it lives in an aquarium, with quiet waters, and a muddy bottom also. The Slider's geographic range is from Indiana,Virginia, and Kentucky and over to the Mid-West and down to New Mexico.

In the classroom, it eats floating fish pellets. If you have a red-eared slider of your own at home, it can also eat romaine lettuce,carrots, and crickets. In the wild, it eats heavily on plant matter, but it can also eat earthworms and insects in the wild. The red-eared slider must be careful because many humans eat them.

The red-eared slider female does lay eggs, but first she meets her mate to produce her eggs. After she lays her eggs, she then camouflages her eggs in a hole. Then the eggs incubate for about 80-85 days. After they hatch, the turtles need no more parental guidance. From then on, the turtles live for 25-30 years.

Most red-eared sliders have a red stripe on their ear, but sometimes the red stripe is replaced by a yellow stripe. I would encourage you to get a red- eared slider!

 

Thank You!

This Red- Eared Slider is one of our smallest turtles.

 

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