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Red eared slider turtle
Transcript of Red eared slider turtle
Red eared sliders are
almost entirely aquatic but leave
the water to bask in the sun and
lay eggs. These reptiles are very
They hunt for prey and will attempt to
capture it. They are aware of predators and
people and generally stay away from them.
The red eared slider is known to frantically
slide off rocks and logs when approached.
The female red eared slider grows from 25-33 cm,
The male red eared slider grows from 20-25 cm. As an invasive species:
Native to the Southern US.
Because of their popularity
as pets lots of red eared sliders
have been released or escaped.
Feral populations of red eared
sliders are now found in Australia and
Great Britain. In Australia it is illegal for members of the public to import,keep,trade,
or release red eared sliders as they are
regarded as an invasive species.
Reptiles do not hibernate,
but actually they brumate. They
becoming less active
occasionally rising for food
or air. Red eared sliders brumate over the winter at the bottom of ponds or shallow
lakes. It usually starts in October when temperatures fall below 10 degrees.
In warmer winters, they can become
active and come to the surface for basking.
When the temperature begins to drop again,
however,they will quickly return to a brumation state. Sliders will generally come up for food in earl march to late April. Natural predators:
The natural predators for the Red eared slider are crows, minks, Otters, Raccoons and Pike fish. Hatching:
Eggs hatch 60-90 days after
they have been laid. Late
season hatchlings may spend
the winter in the nest and emerge
when the weather warms in the
spring. Just before hatching the
egg contains 50% turtle and 50% egg sac.
A new hatchling breaks open the egg with
its egg-tooth which falls out an hour after
Courtship and mating
activities for red eared
sliders start between
March and July. It takes
place under water. If the
female red eared slider
accepts the male
they go under water
and mate,but if the female
slider does not
accept the male slider she gets
The red eared sliders are
Omnivores and eat a variety of
plant and animal materials in
the wild including but not limited
Snails,Crickets,Meal Worms,Wax Worms, aquatic insects and aquatic plants.
Red eared sliders have fixed tongues and do not produce saliva so they must eat their food under water.