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Have You Seen a Red-Eared Slider Turtle?

Source: Northern Beaches Council
Archived 5 Jun 2019 - Posted: 7 Apr 2019
Department of Primary Industries is asking the public to report local sightings of the Red-Eared Slider Turtle
The red-eared slider turtle is listed as ‘one of the world’s worst invasive alien species’.

It originates from the USA but is considered an environmental pest in Australia because it competes with our native turtles for food, nesting areas and basking sites. If you see one, please take a photo, record its location and report details below.

Origin
The red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans), originates from the midwestern states of the USA and northeastern Mexico. However, non-native populations of wild-living red-eared slider turtles now occur worldwide due to the species being extensively traded as both a pet and a food item.

Description
An adult red-eared slider turtle has a carapace length of 12.5 to 28 cm. It has a distinctive, broad red or orange stripe behind each eye, while narrow yellow stripes mark the rest of the animal’s head and legs. The carapace is dark green with yellow markings, and the plastron is yellow with some dark rings, blotches or swirls. Some individuals have a dark pigment that covers their coloured markings so that they appear nearly black in colour. Male red-eared slider turtles are usually smaller than females, and have very long claws on the front feet.

Report Sightings
Complete the Report a Biosecurity Risk Form, or phone 1800 680 244 or email Department of Primary Industries.

This article archived 5 Jun 2019

 
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