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Red-eared slider

Trachemys scripta elegans


The red-eared slider is a semiaquatic turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. It is a subspecies of pond slider. It is the most popular pet turtle in the United States and also popular in the rest of the world. It is native only to the southern United States, but has become established in other places because of pet releases and has become an invasive species in many introduced areas, like California, where it outcompetes the native western pond turtle.


One of the black bayous close to Reelfoot lake,Tennessee

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KarenL 5 years ago

Thank you Maria & Stian!
I was lucky that this guy didn't seem in the least bothered about being photographed!

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

nice series!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 5 years ago

Amazing pictures!
Love the close up on the eye.

KarenL 5 years ago

Thanks Kim!

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 5 years ago

Great photos Karen!

Tennessee, USA

Lat: 36.42, Long: -89.36

Spotted on May 9, 2012
Submitted on May 10, 2012


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