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?
Four state parks were the triumph of a grassroots movement to protect open spaces minutes from Los Angeles in the 1950s & 60s. Three women, Sue Nelson, Jill Swift, and Margo Feuer further galvanized the movement that helped make Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area a reality in 1978.