Red-eared Sliders Turtle

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Recently, Officers of the Customs Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) seized 6,850 live red-eared sliders, a species of turtle, from two male passengers who arrived at the Tiruchi international airport.

About Red-eared Sliders Turtle

  • It is native to the southeastern USA and Mexico.
  • It is a semi-aquatic turtle from fresh and brackish water ecosystems.
  • It spends the majority of its time either in the water foraging or basking on rocks and logs.
  • The species is considered one of the world’s 100 worst invasive non-native species.
  • Appearance
    • It is known for its distinct red stripes behind each ear.
    • They range in colour from dark green to brown, with yellowish ribbons all over their green bodies and along the edge of their dark olive-green shell.
    • In the wild, red sliders can live from 20 to 50 years.
  • Diet: These are fed mainly on plants and small animals, such as crickets and fish etc.
  • Conservation status
    • IUCN: Least Concern


Q) What is Invasive species?

Invasive species refer to non-native organisms that are introduced into an ecosystem and have the potential to cause harm to the environment, economy, or human health. These species often outcompete native species and disrupt the natural balance of ecosystems.

Source: Customs Air Intelligence Unit seizes 6,850 live red-eared sliders at Tiruchi airport