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Red-Eared Slider Turtle

Trachemys scripta elegans

NATURAL HABITAT
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
IN 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