Red-eared Slider

Trachemys scripta elegans

The red-eared slider is named for the bright red patches on the sides of its head and the way it slides into the water when alarmed. As a sociable species, the red-eared slider often climbs atop one another while basking in the sun on a log or rock emerging from the water.

Fact File

Species @ Risk Image
where to see themWhere to see them: Reptile House
lengthLength: 5 to 11 in
weightWeight: Up to 2 lbs
habitatHabitat: Freshwater ponds and streams
dietDiet: Fish, mollusks, and insects
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Lower risk/near threatened)