Trachemys scripta elegans, the Red-eared slider;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (13 March 2023).
Spring Break 2023
The Red-eared slider, as common as they may be nowadays, is an invasive species to the Florida peninsula. Native to the central portions of the United States, this popular pet has steadily been released into Florida water systems by forfeit turtle owners. Red-ears compete with our native sliders/cooters and are now extremely abundant throughout parts of the state. This very young individual was resident of a local municipal park in the South Miami area.