Don’t Let It Loose! – Red-eared slider, Trachemys scripta elegans
Red-eared sliders are native to the southern United States and northern Mexico.
How are they introduced and spread?
Red-eared sliders are very aggressive turtles and will often displace and outcompete native turtles for common food, nesting and basking sites. Red-eared sliders released into the wild may also transmit parasites or disease to native populations.
· The red-eared slider is on the list of 100 of the World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species.