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red eared slider/Trachemys scripta elegans I realize that this is not the place for pets, but I was in a shop picking up supplies  for my dogs and cats and I was a bit taken back when I noticed these beautiful creatures, whose environments are being destroyed, for sale. These animals belong in the wild not in shops. Red-eared slider,Trachemys scripta elegans,animal,red eared slider,reptile,turtle Click/tap to enlarge

red eared slider/Trachemys scripta elegans

I realize that this is not the place for pets, but I was in a shop picking up supplies for my dogs and cats and I was a bit taken back when I noticed these beautiful creatures, whose environments are being destroyed, for sale. These animals belong in the wild not in shops.

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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 Scott Staley
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By Scott Staley

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Uploaded Nov 25, 2012. Captured Nov 24, 2012 12:49.
  • NIKON D5100
  • f/5.6
  • 1/30s
  • ISO900
  • 55mm