Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Testudinoidea
Family: Emydidae
Subfamily: Deirochelyinae
Genus: Trachemys
Agassiz, 1857[1][2][3]


Trachemys is a genus of turtles belonging to the family Emydidae.[1] Members of this genus are native to the Americas, ranging from the Midwestern United States south to northern Argentina, but one subspecies, the red-eared slider (T. scripta elegans), has been introduced worldwide. Species under this genus are commonly referred to as sliders.

Two red-eared sliders basking at Captain Falcon Park in Corpus Christi, Texas (15 April 2016).
Mesoamerican slider (Trachemys venusta cataspila) in Tamaulipas, Mexico (22 September 2004).

Species and subspecies


Nota bene: In the above list, a binomial authority or a trinomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species or subspecies was originally described in a genus other than Trachemys.



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