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Red-Eared Sliders Turtle

Context:

Recently, Officers of the Customs Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) seized 6,850 live red-eared sliders, a species of turtle, from two male passengers who arrived at the Tiruchi international airport.

Relevance:

GS III: Environment and Ecology

Red-eared Sliders Turtle:

  • Native to the southeastern USA and Mexico.
  • Semi-aquatic turtles found in fresh and brackish water ecosystems.
  • Primarily spends time foraging in water or basking on rocks and logs.
  • Considered one of the world’s 100 worst invasive non-native species.
Appearance:
  • Notable feature is the red stripes behind each ear.
  • Coloration ranges from dark green to brown, with yellowish ribbons on their bodies and along the edge of their olive-green shell.
  • In the wild, they have a lifespan of 20 to 50 years.

Diet:

  • Red-eared sliders mainly feed on plants and small animals such as crickets and fish.
Conservation Status:
  • IUCN classification: Least Concern.
  • The species does not currently face significant conservation threats.

-Source: Down To Earth


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