Mississippi Valley from Illinios to the Gulf of Mexico including the Southeastern states.
They prefer freshwater with a soft bottom and lots of vegetation including lots of basking sites such as logs.
Medium to large turtles with prominent patches of red, yellow or orange.
Gestation: 65-75 days. 2-25 eggs per clutch during the spring and fall.
Red-eared sliders are one of the most common turtles in North American. These are the "dime store" turtles that used to be popular pets. Unfortunately most people found out they were a lot of work. Their original range has expanded due to pet turtles being released in the wild. Carnivorous as young. Red-eared silders belong to a group called ornamental turtles.
This animal is not currently in Hogle Zoo inventory.
|Wild Diet:||The young are carnivores, gradually switching to vegetation with age.|
|USFWS Status:||Not Listed|
|CITES Status:||Appendix I|