Two adult Red-eared Sliders seen in the cattail marsh, one basking, another swimming.
Adult in artificial pond with vegetation at SPI Birding Center
Female turtle laid eggs in high-traffic area near children's play area. When we returned about an hour later, the turtle was gone and the nest hole had been covered up. We suspect that staff at the Riparian Preserve had removed the turtle and eggs.
The red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), also known as the red-eared terrapin, is a semiaquatic turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. It is a subspecies of the pond slider. It is the most popular pet turtle in the United States and is also popular as a pet in the rest of the world. It has, therefore, become the most commonly-traded turtle in the world. It is native to the southern United States and northern Mexico, but...