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Red-Eared Slider

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Red-eared slider
Scientific Name:
Trachemys scripta elegans (Wied-Neuwied, 1839) (ITIS)
Common Name:
Red-eared slider
Red-eared slider, adult - Photo by Royal Tyler; Pro Pest and Lawn Store,
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)

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status



Selected Resources

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Council or Task Force


IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Great Britain Non-Native Species Secretariat.

Federal Government

Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Marine Invasions Research Lab.
DOIUSGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County).

International Government

New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia).

Western Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Agriculture and Food Division.
Bermuda Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

State and Local Government

California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.


University of Michigan. Museum of Zoology.
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.