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Frequently asked questions about Red Ear slider turtles

Q1: What is a red ear slider turtle?

A red ear slider turtle, scientifically known as Trachemys scripta elegans, is a species of turtle native to the southern United States and northern Mexico. It is a popular pet turtle and is known for the distinctive red markings behind its eyes, which give it its name.

Q2: What is the lifespan of a red ear slider turtle?

Red ear slider turtles have a long lifespan, typically ranging from 20 to 40 years, although some individuals have been known to live even longer with proper care.

Q3: What do red ear slider turtles eat?

Red ear slider turtles are omnivorous and have a varied diet. They primarily eat aquatic plants, but they also consume insects, small fish, worms, and occasionally carrion. As pets, they are commonly fed a diet consisting of commercial turtle pellets, leafy greens, vegetables, and occasional protein sources like fish or insects.

Q4: How big do red ear slider turtles get?

Red ear slider turtles can