A red-eared slider nestled among a patch of reeds and immersed with duckweed. Red-eared sliders are among the most popular turtles kept in captivity.
They are, however, non-native to the Southwest, and can wreak havoc on the ecosystem. Personally, I’m a strong advocate of not keeping reptiles in captivity, but if you must do so, please understand that turtles can live upwards of 20 years.
Please be prepared for the commitment and never release your once-beloved “pet”! Photo taken in Tucson, AZ, USA.
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