|Copyright: randy lafferty (cherokeechief)
|Date Taken: 2006-05-30|
|Camera: sony dsc p-52|
|Exposure: f/3.8, 1/40 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-09-20 1:14|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Taken at Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks Oklahoma.|
The red-eared slider is perhaps the best known and most recognizable of turtles. It is a medium sized turtle with a dark green oval shell, marked with yellow in younger turtles, green legs with thin yellow stripes and a green head with a red stripe behind the eye. Sliders are cold-blooded and spend hours sunning themselves on rocks and logs. If there are not enough rocks or logs for all of them they will often stack themselves one on top of the other! They bury themselves in loose soil or mud during the winter to escape the cold. When population numbers get high, these turtles move across land to other bodies of water in search of food and space. They eat aquatic plants, small fish, and decaying material.Female turtles lay their eggs in holes that they dig in the ground and leave. Young turtles are born having to take care of themselves. Baby red-eared sliders were once very popular as children's pets until it was discovered that some of them carried the disease, salmonella. It is now illegal to sell sliders less than 4 inches in diameter. Most wild animals make very poor pets and are best observed in their native habitat. from www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/species/slider/
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