Saturday, December 20, 2014

Red-eared Sliders

red-eared slider
Red-eared Sliders. San Marcos, California. November 27, 2014. Greg Gillson.
These turtles were sunning themselves at Woodland Park in San Marcos on a recent visit.

Native to the SE United States and northern Mexico, they are the most-common turtle pets in the US, and popular as pets in the rest of the world, as well. Unfortunately, they escape or are released into the wild and out-compete native turtles. They are listed as one of the 100 most-invasive species in the world--not a good list to be on. (Wikipedia)