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Pond slider released in wild in Bulgaria Pond slider - Trachemys scripta elegans Animalia,Bulgaria,Chordata,Emydidae,Europe,Geotagged,Invasive species,Marsh turtle,Pond slider,Red-eared slider,Reptilia,Sofia,South park,Spring,Testudines,Trachemis scripta,Trachemis scripta elegans,Trachemys scripta elegans,Wildlife Click/tap to enlarge

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  1. A park in the city is not exactly in the wild. We saw a few of them in the water lily pond in Borisova gradina as well. I don't think they would qualify as invasive yet. If you find them in a river, however, that would not be good. Posted 5 years ago
    1. This is true, but in general this species is qualified as invasive, even the US, in California. It is included in the list of 100 most invasive species - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_globally_invasive_species
      Posted 5 years ago

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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.

Similar species: Turtles And Tortoises
Species identified by Jivko Nakev
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By Jivko Nakev

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Uploaded Apr 11, 2015. Captured Apr 11, 2015 10:18 in Монцата, 1407 Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/5.6
  • 1/1000s
  • ISO640
  • 400mm