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Red-Eared Slider

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Red-eared slider
Red-eared slider, adult - Photo by Royal Tyler; Pro Pest and Lawn Store,
Scientific Name: 
Trachemys scripta elegans (Wied-Neuwied, 1839) (ITIS)
Common Name: 
Red-eared slider
Native To: 
Mississippi River drainage (Hegan 2014)
Date of U.S. Introduction: 
Earliest releases occurred during the 1930s (NAS Database)
Means of Introduction: 
Pet releases and escapes  (NAS Database)
May compete with native turtle species (Hegan 2014)

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

DOIUSGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
Provides detailed collection information as well as animated map.


University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.


Google. YouTube; Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Red-Eared Slider.

Council or Task Force

Australian Invasive Species Council.

See also: Case Studies for more resources


Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (Australia).

IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Great Britain Non-Native Species Secretariat.

Northern Ireland Environment Agency; National Parks and Wildlife Service (Ireland).

Federal Government

Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Marine Invasions Research Lab.

DOIUSGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County).
International Government

New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia).

Western Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Agriculture and Food Division.
Bermuda Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
State and Local Government

California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Pennsylvania State University. Pennsylvania Sea Grant.

See also: Aquatic Invasive Species: Resources for additional species information

University of Michigan. Museum of Zoology.
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

University of California. Agriculture and Natural Resources. California Aquatic Invasive Species.