Red-Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
Red-Eared sliders are omnivores; they eat a wide variety of both plants and animals (insects, invertebrates, fish etc). Native plant and animal species have suffered predation from the turtles and are often outcompeted for resources by the red-eared slider. The turtles are primarily introduced to the Santa Monica Mountains because of pet-releases into the wild. The red-eared slider quickly colonizes new freshwater wetland habitats, especially streams, canals and irrigation ditches.
Did You Know?
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was established in 1978, but the National Park Service did not own public parkland in the area until 1980. National Park Rangers devised clever ways to promote the national park goals without land by creating thriving partnerships with many agencies.