Red Eared Slider

Red Eared SliderTrachemys scripta elegans

Physical features:
Muted olive green with bright reddish streak behind eye.  Oval carapace with weak keel.

Habitat:
Waters with soft, muddy bottoms.  Like to bask on logs, rocks, or stumps.

Diet:
Aquatic insects, fish, snails, tadpoles, crawfish, crustaceans, mollusks, plants.

Fun facts:
When basking sites are small, sliders will stack up on top of each other three feet high.