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Red-eared slider

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The red-eared slider or red-eared terrapin (Trachemys scripta elegans) is a subspecies of the pond slider (Trachemys scripta), a semiaquatic turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. It is the most popular pet turtle in the United States, is also popular as a pet across the rest of the world, and is the most invasive turtle.[2] It is the most commonly traded turtle in the world.[3][4]

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Red-eared slider
At the Cincinnati Zoo
Trachemys scripta elegans (Wied-Neuwied), an 1865 engraving by Karl Bodmer, who accompanied the authority on his expedition.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Testudinoidea
Family: Emydidae
Genus: Trachemys
T. s. elegans
Trinomial name
Trachemys scripta elegans
(Wied-Neuwied, 1839)
The US range T. s. elegans.
  • Emys elegans
    Wied-Neuwied, 1839
  • Emys holbrookii
    Gray, 1844
  • Emys sanguinolenta
    Gray, 1856
  • Trachemys elegans
    Agassiz, 1857
  • Clemmys elegans
    Strauch, 1862
  • Trachemys holbrooki [sic]
    — Gray, 1863 (ex errore)
  • Trachemys holbrookii
    — Gray, 1869
  • Trachemys lineata
    Gray, 1873
  • Pseudemys elegans
    Cope, 1875
  • Chrysemys elegans
    Boulenger, 1889
  • Chrysemys scripta var. elegans
    — Boulenger, 1889
  • Chrysemys palustris elegans
    Lindholm, 1929
  • Pseudemys troostii elegans
    Stejneger & Barbour, 1939
  • Pseudemys scripta elegans
    Cagle, 1944
  • Trachemys scripta elegans
    Iverson, 1985
  • Trachemys scripta elagans [sic]
    Fong, Parham & Fu, 2002
    (ex errore)
  • Trachemys scripta elgans [sic]
    Fong, Parham & Fu, 2002
    (ex errore)

The red-eared slider is native from the Midwestern United States to northern Mexico, but has become established in other places because of pet releases, and has become invasive in many areas where it outcompetes native species. The red-eared slider is included in the list of the world's 100 most invasive species.[6]