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Red-Eared Slider

The red-eared slider is native to the Mississippi River basin in the southern U.S. In the wild, it inhabits warm streams and ponds and is almost entirely aquatic, leaving the water only to bask in the sun or lay eggs. These turtles are fast swimmers and feed on animals and plants. The name red-eared… Learn More


Does the harvest for wildlife trade or captive breeding of this species harm wild populations?

Little Cause for Concern

  • Wild populations at risk when over-harvested

Invasive Threat

Does the release or escape of this species into the wild harm the environment and/or economy?

Significant Cause for Concern

  • Native to Mississippi Basin but invasive in other parts of U.S.
  • Little information on impact in non-native range

Ease of Care

Does harvest, captive breeding, transport, or being kept as a pet harm individual animals?

Some Cause for Concern

  • Can live 30 years or more; require long-term care commitment
  • Older siblings may eat younger ones

Health Risks

Does this animal pose a health risk to native wildlife, humans, livestock and agriculture?

Some Cause for Concern

  • Can carry and transmit Salmonella

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