Trachemys scripta elegans, the Red-eared slider;
Flagler county, Florida (01 July 2019).
Native to the midwest regions of the United States, the Red-eared slider is now one of the most invasive species in the world due to people releasing their “pets” into the wild. In Florida, the Red-eared slider is now extremely abundant and competes with our native sliders (and cooters) for resources. It’s one of Florida’s most-commonly observed turtle species at this point — an impressively adaptable and resilient species.