Monday, July 15, 2013

July 14, 2013: Red-eared Slider

This Red-eared Slider was found at Jensen Pond.  However, this species shouldn't be in our area.  These turtles normally live in southeastern Iowa, along the Mississippi River and four of the large rivers that drain into the Mississippi River.  Those found in our area were introduced due to the release of pet turtles.  Red-eared Sliders are breeding at the Park as I have observed females laying eggs and have found very young turtles. 6/28/13 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

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