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Red Eared Terrapin

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Class: Reptile
Order: Turtle, Tortoises & Terrapins
Family: Box & Pond Turtles
Found: Rest Of The World
Weight: Adults can average about 1kg

Diet: Omnivore (Eats Plants & Meat)


Gestation: 3 months

Conservation Status: LC

Red Eared Terrapin

Trachemys scripta elegans

Habitat: Found in freshwater in North America, South America

Diet: Fish, insects and water plants

Habitats: Freshwater

Info: This is a sleek turtle, with webbed feet and a red stripe down each side of the head. The carapace (upper shell) is patterned with yellow and green markings.

It is very gregarious and lives and sunbathes in large groups.

Gestation: The clutch averages about 15 eggs but can be anything from 2-22 eggs. She excavates a pit where she lays the eggs at intervals of three to ten minutes. She then covers the pit and leaves them to develop. Hatching occurs after about three months, or less if conditions are warmer.