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Red-eared Slider This kind of turtle is a popular pet species, and is not native to Connecticut. People often release them near ponds, which causes problems for native species, such as the painted turtle. Red-eared Sliders are aggressive and strong, and they compete with native species for habitat, food, and nesting sites.  Geotagged,Red-eared Slider,Red-eared slider,Spring,Trachemys scripta elegans,United States,turtle Click/tap to enlarge

Red-eared Slider

This kind of turtle is a popular pet species, and is not native to Connecticut. People often release them near ponds, which causes problems for native species, such as the painted turtle. Red-eared Sliders are aggressive and strong, and they compete with native species for habitat, food, and nesting sites.

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  1. Same here in Europe, THE most popular pet turtle. Most are already severely weak when buying them (you can tell from the strength of their shield). Most die in weeks. If they don't, they are the most boring pet to have, really hoping this madness stops. Posted 2 years ago
    1. It's an awful problem! I see more of these guys than I do native species. Posted 2 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 Christine Young
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By Christine Young

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Uploaded Jan 29, 2018. Captured May 23, 2017 12:17 in 80 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm