Red-eared Slider

an invasive species which threatens native species,
such as the Western Pond Turtle.
“To report locations of red-eared sliders in the wild, call 1-800-INVADER. In the Willamette Valley, report sightings online on the Native Turtles of Oregon Web site.”

Golden Garden Park Eugene, OR


Pond Slider Turtle!!

These aquatic creatures can range from 5 to 12 inches in size and are encompassed by an oval carapace or hard shell. Young hatchlings have a green carapace and skin with markings and stripes dependent upon their species. With age the carapace and skin become less distinct because of the increase in black pigment.
In nature, sliders usually live in swampy areas where there is a lot of mud and vegetation, such as shallow ponds and lakesides In addition to swimming and digging in rocks and mud, sliders love the warmth of the sun, and can lazily lay there for hours, before returning to the water for a swim. Sliders are also omnivorous, although they tend to eat less meat as they grow older


Hooray for adoptions! Two of our recently arrived turtles, a cooter and a slider, are going to be animal ambassadors at the Alabama 4-H Center, where they’ll have spacious enclosures and great care while teaching children about the local ecology. Both arrived very malnourished and while still thin, they were good to go, and I was thrilled at the placement.

Looks a bit like a frog but is actually a wee slider turtle plastron, available here in the shop.  Another victim of spring flooding, I think?  Found it between the rails on the train tracks.  I can’t imagine a little guy this size would have been able to climb back up and over the rail after being swept up onto them… kind of sad to think about, but I’ve been so amazed and excited about all the turtle shells and shell pieces and ADORABLE skeletal bones I found this fall…

How to care for a swollen eye on a Red-eared Slider Turtle

The red-eared slider turtle can be distinguished by the red markings on the sides of its face. Red-eared sliders are appropriate turtles for beginners because they are not fussy about temperature and are easy to keep. However, swollen or puffy eyes — which may be caused by a bacterial infection, a scratch from another turtle,…

How to care for a swollen eye on a Red-eared Slider Turtle was originally published on Lets Fix It

First day back at work after my vacation was pretty interesting.

We’re in inventory week this week, so I spent a good chunk of my shift running around locating skews for items the inventory crew found that were lacking them.

One of my coworkers brought in a slider turtle that he’d found on the side of the road on his way to work, then one of my other coworkers ended up taking it home to replace one of hers that she’d lost. He was pretty shy.

There were also Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Dominos pizza in the break room. Between that and the turtle, my day was pretty much made.