A North-American and potentially INVASIVE species, which reached Hungary via the pet trade. Specimens in the wild are released by hobbyists. Differs from European pond turtle in its “red ear”, a red blotch behind each eye, and longitudinal yellow or creamy-white stripes on legs and tail. As a potential invasive, trading of RED-EARED SLIDER (Trachemys scripta elegans) has been banned in Hungary, but its usually smaller relative, the YELLOW-BELLIED SLIDER (Trachemys scripta scripta) has replaced it in the pet trade. The ‘ear’ of the latter is yellow.
Both subspecies can survive in Hungarian waters, and can outcompete the European pond turtle at basking plots and in the search for food. Released terrapins may carry pathogens and parasites posing a significant threat to the European pond turtle.
Distibution map by our National Herpetological Mapping Program: