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Red eared turtle

Red eared turtle

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Scientific Name:

Trachemys a elegans


Distribution

Found only in the USA (Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama).


Diet:

Water insects, snails, tadpoles, fish, crustaceans, mollusks and a fair amount of plant matter.


Facts

Found in slow moving rivers, streams, swamps and ponds. They love to bask in the sun on any sunny day. They hibernate from October to March, usually in mud or at the bottom of the river. 

 

Τhe population does not seem to have declined even though it has been heavily exploited for the pet trade.
 




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