Trachemys scripta elegans
Photo of Red-eared Slider courtesy of John White
Photo of Red-eared Slider courtesy of Scott A. Smith
Prefers slow warm waters of ponds, lakes, marshes, streams with muddy
bottoms, abundant aquatic vegetation and basking rocks and logs.
From March through September, use binoculars to search basking sites of
ponds and lakes.
They may also be seen swimming at the surface of water bodies. They get
their name from the rapid way they slide off basking sites.
Photo of Habitat for
Red-eared Slider courtesy of Rebecca Chalmers
This species is not native to Maryland. It is naturally found in the
southern United States and was introduced by people releasing pet turtles
into the wild. Currently, they can be found in the north and central parts
of the state, as far south as Prince George's County.
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