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Trachemys scripta elegans

Reptile | Southeastern United States, now on all continents except Antarctica

Animal Info

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

Conservation Status

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – least concern