Red-eared slider turtles are regarded as such an impactful and damaging invasive species in some areas that there are many laws and regulations in place in regards to owning them. In fact, they are included on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’ list of the world’s 100 most invasive species.
- Recommended Age: 18 months and up
- Size in cm: 13.5 L x 10 W x 3.8 H
- Size in in: 5.31 L x 3.94 W x 1.5 H
The red-eared slider turtle has a status of least concern because the species is not at risk of a significant population decline. These turtles were commonly part of the pet trade until 1975, when concerns about the spread of salmonella from turtles to children were raised. Potential threats to the species include habitat loss and egg harvesting, but they are protected by regulations and legislation.