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Red-Eared Slider

Scientific Name

Trachemys scripta elegans (Wied-Neuwied, 1839) (ITIS)

Common Name

Red-eared slider

Native To

Mississippi River drainage (Hegan 2014)

Date of U.S. Introduction

Earliest releases occurred during the 1930s (NAS Database)

Means of Introduction

Pet releases and escapes  (NAS Database)


May compete with native turtle species (Hegan 2014)

Red-eared slider
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Red-eared slider, adult


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Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source.

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Federal Government
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State and Local Government