Trachemys scripta elegans
Reptile | Southeastern United States, now on all continents except Antarctica
As a result of its popularity in the pet trade and release from captivity, this turtle is considered one of the top 100 invasive species of the world.
In the wild: Young are more carnivorous, adults more herbivorous
At the Zoo: Mazuri fresh water turtle diet, freshly chopped greens, oranges, squash (yellow), small fish, shrimp, crickets, roaches
Shallow, slow-moving freshwater with abundant plant life
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – least concern