Red-eared Slider Trachemys scripta elegans (Schoepff, 1792)Non-native  
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Reptilia   >   Order Testudines   >   Family Emydidae   >   Genus Trachemys   

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Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) is a non-native species, now widely distributed in Maryland due to frequent irresponsible releases of pet turtles. This subspecies is native to the Mississippi valley region, ranging west into Texas. It occurs widely in ponds, lakes, creeks and rivers with aquatic plants and a mud bottom. Sliders are frequently seen basking on logs or rocks, often with other species of turtles. Red-eared Sliders are now found through much of northern and central Maryland (Maryland DNR site). There are numerous records from other parts of the state, but it may not be established and reproducing in all areas.

There are 125 records in the project database.

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A Red-eared Slider in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/23/2012). Photo by Mark Johnson. (MBP list)

A Red-eared Slider in Howard Co., Maryland (6/25/2019). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

A Red-eared Slider in Cecil Co., Maryland (6/17/2019). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

A Red-eared Slider in Harford Co., Maryland (5/23/2014). Photo by Mark Johnson. (MBP list)

A Red-eared Slider in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/23/2012). Photo by Mark Johnson. (MBP list)

A Red-eared Slider in Howard Co., Maryland (6/30/2011). Photo by Jon Corcoran. (MBP list)

A Red-eared Slider in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/3/2013). Photo by Angela Trenkle. (MBP list)

A Red-eared Slider in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/19/2016). Photo by Matthew Beziat. (MBP list)

A female Red-eared Slider laying eggs in Howard Co., Maryland (7/5/2013). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Red-eared Slider in Howard Co., Maryland (5/8/2016). Photo by Dean Mahlstedt. (MBP list)

A Red-eared Slider in Howard Co., Maryland (6/22/2017). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

A young Red-eared Slider (Red-eared Turtle) at Lilypons Water Gardens, Frederick Co., Maryland (9/14/2008). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A young Red-eared Slider in Montgomery Co., Maryland (5/4/2010). Photo by Philip Brody. (MBP list)

A Red-eared Slider in Harford Co., Maryland (4/18/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Red-eared Slider in Montgomery Co., Maryland (5/29/2018). Photo by Bonnie Bell. (MBP list)

A juvenile Red-eared Slider in Kent Co., Maryland (5/30/2016). Photo by Matt Redman. (MBP list)

Red-eared Slider (underside of juvenile) in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/14/2019). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)


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