Pond Sliders are highly abundant turtles found throughout the state of Mississippi, as well as a large portion of the United States. While native to the eastern US, the Red-eared Slider is one of the most invasive reptiles in the world. Heads are marked with yellow lines behind the eyes and a distinct red “ear” on the sides of the head. Older turtles may lose most of the coloration on the shell and skin.
- Red or orange “ear” behind eyes
- Wide, sparse yellow markings on chin and side of head
Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
Nearly any body of water, urban or natural. Common in urban and man-made ponds
Often found basking in ponds in urban and more natural areas, can be highly locally abundant
Various invertebrates, aquatic vegetation