Red-eared Slider

Buffy insisted I take her for a short walk-about at Ingram Hill cemetery before the day warmed much more. We go there often for short outings and the long view.

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A red-eared slider rested near the parking area.

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It patiently posed while I took pictures.

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A red-eared slider’s shell (carapace) measures from 5-8 inches long. They’re active from March until the middle of October here in southern Illinois.

This turtle was headed north.  There’s a small body of water down the hill to the east. He may have a long, long walk to water.

Obviously, he has patience, perseverance and determination.


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This picture shows another red-eared slider that was on the edge of the highway in front of our house one spring. Older male red-ears sometimes have excess black pigment which obscures most or all of the patterns. This is called “melanism.” The brown on him is dried mud.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Enjoyed your post! Undoubtedly due in large part because we always enjoy seeing/photograghing them. On Griggs Reservoir, a mile and a half from our house in Columbus, we have Snappers, Map, Red-eared Sliders. Spiny Soft-Shells, and Painted Turtles. As I understand it, many of the Red-eared Sliders in our area are “escapees” from aquariums when keeping small turtles as pets was popular. On rare occasions we also see Box Turtles but that’s always in more rural areas in central Ohio.


    • Wow. What a turtle list. I’m not sure exactly what species we have. Know the red-eared, box, snapping, and maybe soft shell. I live in an the area for the common ones.


  2. Last year I almost stepped on a big snapping turtle that was quite far from any water. It’s amazing how far they travel on land.


  3. We have red-eared sliders in central Texas, too. The red markings make them the only species of turtle I know how to identify.


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