Read-eared Slider is native to the eastern and central USA. It is widespread and common in its native range, and has established populations beyond its native range (North and South America, Australia, Europe, Asia). It is becoming increasingly abundant in Europe, especially in the south.
■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Reptilia – reptiles
■ Order Testudines – turtles
■ Family Emydidae – pond, box and water turtles
■ Trachemys scripta – Pond Slider
■ Trachemys scripta elegans – Red-eared Slider