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Red-eared turtle

Red-eared turtle

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Scientific Name:

Trachemys a elegans


Eastern and Central USA


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


Habitat: Shallow rivers


Incubation: 5-20 eggs, incubation 60-91 days


Social structure: Large groups


Weight: 1.5-2.5kg


Dimensions: males 29cm, females 24cm


Lifespan: 30 years


IUCN Status: Least concern


Estimated population in the wild: common


Threats: In their native habitat: habitat degradation and loss, road mortality, pollution (particularly pesticides and heavy metals), and collection for the pet trade or for food.


Did you know that:

Having been introduced from America to other parts of the world, they have become an invasive species as they out-compete native species.

As they are cold-blooded, they leave the water to sunbathe in order to regulate their body temperature.  Below 21°C, they are unable to carry out normal functions of digestion and defecation.


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