The red-eared slider, scientific name is the Trachemys scripta elegans, is also known as the water slider turtle.
They are sold in most pet shops under the cover of “terrapins”, and are popular house animals.
Native or Introduced?
Introduced, by irresponsible pet owners who choose to release them into our water bodies.
Can be found naturally occuring in freshwater ponds, freshwater lakes, marshes, swamps, streams, and small rivers or tributaries
They are omnivorous, and feed on aquatic vegetation, small fish and any decaying matter found in the suspension of their living quarters.
Male red-eared sliders are highly territorial and will show signs of aggression or dominance towards other male red-eared sliders. Of note is their frequent “fluttering” of their front claws to indicate tension and that a fight is brewing, or simply to flaunt a higher social status.
Where released, they form large groups, however survive in soliditary, contrary to what pet store owners say about them (quote: “Reservoir already so many, you release it, let it make friends with the rest”)
Active during the day
Where can you find it in Singapore?
Freshwater ponds in parks, abandoned quarries, reservoirs