Outside Animals

Red-Eared Slider Turtle Trachemys scripta elegans


The red-eared slider inhabits areas with source of still, warm water, such as ponds, lakes, swamps, creeks, streams or slow-flowing rivers.

Diet in the wild

Omnivore, meaning they eat both plants and animals

Diet at the Zoo

Turtle chow

Fascinating Facts

  • Excellent swimmers, almost entirely aquatic
  • Like to leave water to sunbathe to regulate body temperature
  • Do not hibernate, but brumate (become less active) in winter
  • Have webbed feet to help them swim
  • Can live up to 30 years