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?
Piece by piece, a trail is forging its way along the "backbone" of the recreation area. California State Parks took the first step toward a 65-mile Backbone Trail in 1978. With 5 miles left to go, single track trails and fireroads will unite this patchwork of public parklands from east to west.