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Red Eared Slider Turtles Photos, Videos and Information

Updated on March 19, 2018
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Learning about the fellow creatures that share the planet with us is always of interest to me.

Red eared slider
Red eared slider | Source

Turtles, Reflections & Water

After browsing the web I was able to correctly identify these wild turtles as red eared slider turtles.

Look for the dash of red color behind the ears in the second photo.

We came across these turtles in the second photo shown below which I was happily able to capture with my camera.

Red eared sliders
Red eared sliders | Source

Red Eared Sliders

My mother along with several out of town visiting friends from Mississippi and I were taking a stroll around a pond in the western area of Houston off of Eldridge Parkway. As we got closer to the turtles they rapidly retreated into the water as a normal defensive maneuver.

There were a number of other turtles on smaller rocks which also scooted into the water when we got closer, but this first photo shown above with the bale of turtles turned out great with the reflections in the water from the surrounding trees.

Did you know that a group of turtles is called a bale? Yes indeed it is.

I think that most people associate the word bale with the packaging up by tightly wrapping things such as stacks of paper, cotton or hay as examples. Now you can add to your word knowledge by adding groups of turtles to the list when talking or writing about bales.

Red Eared Slider photo taken at the Houston Audubon Society
Red Eared Slider photo taken at the Houston Audubon Society | Source

Sliders and Word Meanings

I did see stripes of red on the turtles extended necks watching us intently as we got closer to their rock upon which they were catching rays of the sun. That is how I was able to identify them as red eared sliders as compared to other types of turtles.

Given just how fast they all slid off of the rock and into the water...sliders appears to be a good descriptive name for these reptiles!

Sliders just like the word bale has alternate meanings for those who enjoy disparate language interpretations.

  • Have you ever watched a baseball player slide into home base? Using baseball terminology it also refers to a specific kind of fast pitch of a ball called a slider which in the expert hands of a pitcher can curve and sometimes confound a batter if not ready for that ball which curves away from the point of origin in which it was launched.
  • Sticking with sports a slider is someone who does racing in a luge. Watching those luge races in the Olympics can be amazing. The competitors catapult themselves very fast down those icy tunnels mainly steering with their feet. You wouldn't catch me doing that! Sledding and tobogganing down a moderately sloped hill is the most that I have ever done many years ago when a child in Wisconsin.
  • A slider can also be a projection such as a knob which moves to control the level of volume such as coming from a radio as an example.
  • Of course there is the small type of hamburger served at parties for appetizers of which many people are familiar and look forward to eating.
  • Did you know that there once was a science fiction television show called the Sliders? It showed travel to a parallel universe to ours where the characters could slide between both places through a portal. That reminds me of Alice in Wonderland who slid down that tunnel and discovered a world very different from her own.

This is cute!

Pet Turtles

Many red eared slider turtles started out as pets and have over time unfortunately been released into the wild where they have become an invasive species. They reproduce rapidly and are omnivorous eating both plant and animal life although plants make up the majority of their diet. Ultimately they end up displacing other species which were native to the locations in which they have proliferated.

Pet turtles should never be released into the wild!

Cute video of a pet red eared slider turtle above. See how it interacts with the person who has it as a pet.

Two red-eared slider turtles late afternoon at Captain Falcon Park in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Two red-eared slider turtles late afternoon at Captain Falcon Park in Corpus Christi, Texas. | Source

Wild Turtles

We see many wild turtles in ponds and waterways in our part of the southern United States and I am sure a number of them are the red eared slider turtles.

Much more information about the red eared slider turtles can be read here. The video below also is very informative. Be sure and watch it if you would like to learn more about this specific type of turtle.

Much information about the Red-Eared Sliders can be found here:

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Red eared slider turtle in Houston park
Red eared slider turtle in Houston park | Source

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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 6 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      It must have been fun to see that turtle returning to your yard year after year. Knowing trivia can be fun. Some people are really good at it. At least you now know the meaning of a bale. Ha!

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      Patricia Scott 6 months ago from sunny Florida

      Cannot help but returning to spy these critters once again as I find them quite fascinating. And I am sticking in my head that a group of turtles is a bale....great trivia for me to know when I am on a game show....ha!!

      When I was a little girl we had a turtle that returned summer after to summer until finally it did not. It was such a treat to see it come ambling across the yard to us one fine summer day. Sadly after a number of years it no longer returned. Such is the way of things.

      Once again sending good wishes and many Angels your way ps

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      Peggy Woods 24 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Peg,

      Thanks for adding that additional information about the red eared slider turtles. Sad if so many slowly starved to death because of how they were sold. That should never happen!

      You must love turtles judging from what you wrote.

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      Peggy Woods 24 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Glad you found this hub informative and thanks for the share. As to flooding is terrible down here! So many homes flooded...some that have never previously been in harms way due to water. Some animals in fields have also been lost...those that could not be relocated. Glad you are safe. We (so far) are also. Very sad situation in many parts of Texas right now. Next week we should be able to dry out according to weather forecasts as of now.

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      Peg Cole 24 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      We raised a pair of Red Eared Sliders in a 100 gallon tank. The first one, we found crawling around our front yard, someone's pet who got lost. We lived nowhere near water, so we took her in.

      The first video is worrisome to me. Sliders have a razor sharp jaw line and they will not hesitate to bite fingers, toes and other things when hungry. When ours got to the point where they were too big for the tank, and started laying eggs, we took them to a living material sanctuary where they were safely released into ponds on private property. They gave us five tiny turtles to raise. We named them Manny, Moe, Jack, Ray and Charles.

      Back in the day, these guys were sold in the dime stores along with a plastic bowl with a palm tree in the center for a habitat. The problem was that the water was never deep enough for the turtles to eat their food, which they do underwater, so they starve slowly. Sad, but true. They are also a source for salmonella which can cause serious problems if they are handled without proper hand washing afterward.

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      C E Clark 24 months ago from North Texas

      Very interesting and not fearful once they get used to their owners it seems. Very good videos and I didn't know a group of turtles was a bale. Very educational. Sharing this excellent article. Also pinned to Awesome HubPages.

      Hope your weather is getting better down there. We are having so much rain and we're under flash flood watch all the time. Too much rain! Very humid and uncomfortable. Hope you are well . ..

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      Peggy Woods 24 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      People still dump dogs and I doubt that they would think releasing animals like turtles or fish would bother them. I think most people are responsible...but sadly there are some who are not.

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      Robert Sacchi 24 months ago

      Hopefully people know better than to release pets into the wild these days.

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      Peggy Woods 24 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      It is a shame when people release their "pet" animals into the wild. It is rarely a good outcome...and often a terrible outcome.

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      Robert Sacchi 24 months ago

      A bale of turtles. It is interesting the different collective names they have for animals. One would think by now everyone should know not to release their pets into the wild. I guess there is that bottom 10% that doesn't get, or listen to, the word.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      I agree with you. Domesticated animals should never be released into the wild.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Very interesting, Peggy. I have not seen one of these. Your analogies were spot on.

      It is sad, to me, that folks take creatures as pets and then tire of them and abandon them into the wild. Often with undesirable consequences

      Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susie,

      Like you I respect all living creatures also. We never did have a turtle as a pet.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      We have Red eared sliders and Snappers around here. I use to love playing with the Red eared sliders when I was young, but never kept one as a pet. We were told to release them so they wouldn't die. Now, I know that with proper care they would have lives, but we weren't set up for them. I love all creatures and respect them. Turtles are cool!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      Many pets that are released into the wild fare poorly. In this case the red eared sliders have not only adapted well but are actually crowding out other species. I think that many people have a kind heart towards animals such as you appear to have. Nice!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I'm always one to "help a title cross the road" and love it when I see that someone else is doing it. Sad that a critter that belongs in the wild would be born a pet then "set free" defenseless. They are beautiful.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi emge,

      From your comment I would surmise that you probably have these red eared turtles as pets? I have only seen them in the wild and there are many of them in our local waterways.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello DDE,

      So happy that you found this to be informative.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jackie,

      When I was growing up we had dogs, cats, birds and fish but never a turtle. I also do not like to run over any living thing when on the road and try my best to avoid it. Turtles move slowly so are quite a target when on a busy highway. Thanks for the share.

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      Madan 2 years ago from Abu Dhabi

      Peggy, this is a lovely post. I love these animals

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Frank,

      Glad you liked this info. regarding the red eared slider turtles.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Nell,

      Glad you enjoyed this hub as well as your tv program.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautiful and informative on this topic.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I love turtles. I am ashamed to say too that as a child my parents bought one for me and my younger brothers to share more than once and they always came up missing. I am sure we thought they went to live with other turtles but of course today we know the truth.

      I can't stand to see a turtle in the road, it always upsets me so bad but there is little you can do but hope for the best and hope other drivers care as much as you do to avoid them.

      Fun article. Shared!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      again you share hubs with wonderful wild life.. I do enjoy them Peggy W

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Fascinating stuff! I love turtles, I have been watching a tv program about them recently, great hub!


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