5 - 8 in (along carapace)
Red-eared sliders are the most common freshwater turtle in Oklahoma,
found in nearly every pond, lake, and stream. Also commonly encountered
on the pet trade. Called sliders for their nature of quickly diving
or sliding into the water from basking on a bank or log, sometimes
basking in large numbers, often stacked one on top of another. They
are easily identified by having an orange or red patch behind each
eye, though adult males become extremely dark and lose this characteristic
feature. Although extremely common in farm ponds, and hated for fear
of eating the fish, the truth is that their diet consists heavily
of aquatic vegetation and algae and invertebrates. They will however
eat the fish that are not capable of swimming well, such as those
that are sick, dying, or already dead. Consider these turtles the
"maid service" of a pond, actually making the pond healthier
by helping to eliminate disease.
|Dark plastron of the red-eared slider.