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RED-EARED SLIDER TURTLE

Trachemys scripta elegans

Family: Emydidae

Origin: Mississippi valley

Lifespan: 50 years

Reproduction: Once the female has reached the age of 5/7, she lays a dozen eggs, once or three times a year, for around about 30 years.

Nutrition diet: Carnivore for the young and omnivore (mostly plants for adults)

Description: Males measure 14 to 15cm and females up to 25cm. This specie is poikilotherm which means that it is cold-blooded (The body temperature depends of the temperature outside). In winter, they hibernate under water, buried in the mud. The gender of the young depends of the incubation temperature.