Keywords: natural history , omnivore , semi-aquatic , taxonomy. Red-eared sliders are native to the eastern and central United States river valleys. Most pet sliders are captive bred and hatched. Red-eared sliders are hardy and outgoing.
A Guide to Caring for Red-Eared Slider Turtles as Pets
While it is possible to keep slider turtles together in the same habitat, it is best to segregate them by size. While red-eared sliders Trachemys scripta elegans are not highly aggressive turtles, cannibalism can and occasionally does, occur. Even if your hatchlings avoid being eaten by the adults, they must still compete with them for the finite resources of the cage, such as food, space and basking spots. The most serious problem that can arise from keeping hatchling turtles with adults is that the adults may eat the hatchlings. Baby turtles are not a dietary staple for red-eared sliders in the wild, but in captivity they may not be able to turn down such an easy meal.
Show less If you're looking to get a pet turtle, consider a red-eared slider turtle. This easily adaptable pet prefers warm habitats, but can thrive in a large tank.
The red-eared slider Trachemys scripta elegans , also known as the red-eared terrapin , red-eared slider turtle , red-eared turtle , slider turtle , and water slider turtle , is a semiaquatic turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. It is a subspecies of the pond slider. It is the most popular pet turtle in the United States and is also popular as a pet across the rest of the world.