Red-Eared Slider [Trachemys scripta elegans]
Average Adult Size: 5" - 9" long and weigh up to 3.4 lbs.
Native to the southeastern United States, sliders are considered an invasive species when they are found in other parts of the world. This turtle was found in a river near Morrisville, VT and taken home as a pet. After her owner's untimely death in 2016 this turtle eventually made it to the Museum. Very similar to our native painted turtles, red-eared sliders are freshwater turtles best adapted to ponds and lakes but found in nearly any body of fresh water.