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Red-Eared Slider   [Trachemys scripta elegans]

Average Adult Size: 5" - 9" long and weigh up to 3.4 lbs.

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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.