Red-eared Slider

Baby turtle in hand

Red-eared Slider, Trachemys scripta elegans, Prospect Park. 2007-05-25

These are common in Prospect Park and other New York area parks. They’re not native. The colonies are all the results of released pets. These cute little guys grow into much larger turtles, and turtles just can’t hold a child’s interest as long as a dog or cat.

In many places, they’re crowding out the native turtles. I rarely see any other turtle species in Prospect Park these days.

I found this one standing on the sidewalk:


The pattern of spots on the bottom of the shell is distinctive:


164 Responses to “Red-eared Slider”

  1. madason Tuggle Says:

    my phone number is 551-9363 pleses replie

  2. madason Tuggle Says:

    and if you get this plese replie NOW and im not ciding call me if you get the meshig

  3. madason Tuggle Says:

    now!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhhhhh!!!!!!

  4. madason Tuggle Says:

    i just got a baby red eared slider turtle from a petstore in sanfransico and shes so cute(: little luie!!. shes about 2 inches long!!. she dosent eat much and shes very active(: i love her and this would be a great gift for someone with lots of time and patients!. i cant wait to watch her grow(:

  5. JiroBelle Says:

    my two red eared died 1mos ago… nobody helped!!! my fiancee cried two consecutive nights.. how sad right!!!! thank you guys

  6. Ashley Says:

    Hi i am Ashley……I am a very confused person at the moment.:( I got a baby slider that is very cute i have had it for a month. I want to name it but i dont want to name it until i find out if it is a girl or a boy. How do i find out if it is a boy or a girl though?? Ummmmmmmmmmmm maybe if u can, can u e mail me a way to find out??It is very small dont grow very fast and has become the best part of my family already. Like i said i have had it a month and really want it to have a name i am very fond of my new little turtle and would really like it to have a name soon. Well thanks if u can help me if not thats ok too.

  7. forlogos Says:

    I have two red ear slider turtles…It took me over a year before I could tell if they were boy or girl – turns out it was one boy and one girl. Usually when they get around 4″, boys will start to have longer front nails and thicker tails while the girl turtles won’t.

    Ashley, since it might take awhile, why not give a name that is good for a boy and a girl!

  8. Jack Says:

    Is this a good red ear slider turtle caresheet? It looks good – has anyone seen it?

  9. Emma Says:

    My brother just got a red eared slider and i am soooooooooooooo confused:( They are soooooooo cute but veryyyyyy hard to take care of pls help i want to give them away to a pet store so they are happy, healthy, and ALIVE so pls give me Any pointers or ideas thanku and i need them by monday oh and one of them is sick so should i BRING IT TO THE PETSTORE? or KEEP THEM AND HAVE THEM DIE VERY SOON THEY ARE SICK:(

  10. Emma Says:

    Guys pls help!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Emma amazing! Says:

    I need hepl! My bro got 2 red eared sliders and they fight ALOT:( Waht do i do? They r REALLY little and i dont want 1 of them 2 get hurt! PLs help really soon! Thannks!

    -Emma Amazing! (My last name is actually amazing isnt that kool) LOL

  12. Emma amazing! Says:

    Hey Guys well I am just wondering can red eared sliders breathe under water cuz i have a 10 gallon tank but am filling it up only half way i dont want them 2 drown!:( Hepl and i know i have A LOT of questions!!!! PLEASE HELP

  13. Eva Johnson Says:

    I just found a turtle about the size of a half dollar two days ago and it’s shell is soft and i don’t know what to do plus on top of that it won’t eat and I have no clue what to do.

  14. jamie Says:

    hey i dont know what to do because my step dada got me 2 turtles and it is really small like the size of my thumb…..and it wont eat AT ALLLL!!! and im really worried not only cuz its baby cuz it might die :( i have a tank and rocks where they can go on land and a fake plant but they always hide underneath the plant i dont kno if their girls or boys!! i feed them reptomint and it floats but they wont eat it ? can u plz help me plzzzz :( ?

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