• Nome científico: Trachemys scripta elegans
• Classe: Reptile
• Hábitos alimentares: Omnivorous
• Status de conservação: Least concern
Origem:Several red-eared turtles live in the Aquarium. Most of them arrived here at IBAMA after being apprehended in a conservationist breeding ground. In this breeding site, many people abandoned their turtles because they grew too much or did not have more space at home to raise them. This species of turtle was introduced in Brazil, being the most common invasive turtle in the country. So, since they arrived, the red-eared turtles help us to talk about the importance of responsible pet acquisition, knowing the origin of the animals and ensuring that there will be no release in the natural environment, in case the person is no longer interested in keeping the animal .
Informações gerais:It is a subspecies of Trachemys scripta, the water tiger. This species was introduced in Brazil, being the most common invasive turtle in the country. So it is extremely necessary to have a responsible ownership of pets, knowing the origin of the animals and ensuring that there will be no release in the natural environment, if the person is not interested in keeping the animal.
Dieta:They are omnivorous animals that feed mainly on aquatic plants, insects, mollusks, crustaceans and small fish. The younger ones prefer meats and the older ones prefer leaves. At the São Paulo Aquarium they consume leaves, small insects and proteins (fish, beef, poultry meat, etc.).
Distribuição geográfica:Native to North America, however it was introduced in several countries.
Conservação:This species is threatened by habitat degradation, being run over, pollution and illegal collection. Despite this, as it has been introduced in many countries, the species is not threatened with extinction.
Habitat:It can inhabit a wide variety of freshwater environments.
Reprodução:They breed annually and the female can lay up to 6 broods of up to 30 eggs that take about 2 to 4 months to hatch. Sexual maturity is reached between the third and fourth year of the animal.
Localização no Aquário de São Paulo:Freshwater sector