Pond Slider - Trachemys scripta

Pond Slider

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.

Other Common Names: 

Subspecies: Only the Red-eared Slider, Trachemys scripta elegans, occurs within Louisiana.


Similar Species: 

Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  Statewide.


Natural History: 

Best Time and Place to Observe: A ubiquitous species that can most easily be observed most of the year as they bask on exposed logs and sometimes on the shore of nearly any body of water, even urban ponds and drainage canals.

Global Conservation Status:  Pond Sliders are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Pond Sliders do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks: I have observed this species throughout Louisiana, usually either in permanent water situations or crossing the road.

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