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wonderful shot of an adult red eared slider, trachemys scripta elegans, with a juvenile planning to bask on its back

Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) turtle sunning on log, Starr County, Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA

Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), aka red-eared terrapin, is a semiaquatic turtle and a very popular pet. Since it's easy to maintain, it has become the most commonly traded turtle in the world. The name "slider" is due to their quick sliding off rocks into the water. The average length ranges from 12 to 20 cm.

The Red eared slider turtle can be very easily kept as a pet and really are one of the more exotic types of aquatic reptiles you can keep. So,...