The Red-Eared slider gets its name from the red stripe on the side of its head and the way it “slides” off of rocks and into the water. These turtles frequently sunbathe to regulate their body temperatures. They also undergo a process similar to hibernation as they rarely ever move during this time except to come up for food or air. They are the most popular pet turtles in the United States.
The Red-Eared slider feeds on aquatic plants.
Size: 6 – 8 inches length Weight: 0.5 lb Lifespan: 20 – 30 years in the wild.