Red-eared Slider

Red-eared sliders are sometimes called “dime store turtles” because they were once widely sold as pets. This is not as common now because it was found that they carry salmonella which can make their owners very sick.

Male sliders are smaller than females and have longer claws. Juveniles are more carnivorous than their adult counterparts.

North America

At A Glance


Ponds, lakes, swamps, slow-moving streams


Plants, invertebrates, tadpoles


Eastern and Southern U.S.