Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Red-eared Slider

Red-eared sliders are a turtle native to the south eastern United States, this photo was taken in south Texas. They are mostly aquatic coming out usually only to sun bathe or lay eggs. Red-eared sliders are the most popular pet turtles in the United States. Released pets have established populations outside of their normal range and have even become invasive in some areas, such as parts of California where they are able to out compete the native western pond turtle. Like most turtles red-eared sliders are omnivores. Their diet consists of fish, frogs, crustaceans, aquatic insects and aquatic plants.

5 comments:

Carol said...

Neat little turtle...

Gemma Wiseman said...

Interesting post! I did not know that some turtle varieties were called sliders! Great shot!

Nikki said...

What a lovely photo of the turtle in the muddy water...

knudsonerica said...

Great photo - and great facts. I grew up with a pet red-eared slider named Max.

Genie said...

What a magnificent turtle. I have a post coming up devoted to great sea turtles washing ashore a few day after Hurrincane Irene at VA Beach. It was sososo sad. 4 in just a short time would spotted. This guy looks to be quite healthy and happy. Love the red ears. genie