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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Red-eared sliders and Mallard

Photo of male Mallard and Red-eared Sliders sunning from Wikimedia Commons
Red-eared Sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) often bask in sun, ready to "slide" into the water if disturbed, hence common name. Feeds on aquatic plants, crayfish, snails, insects, carrion, etc.

Males use long fore-claws to tickle female's head during courtship. In June, female buries 4 to 25 oval, soft shelled eggs in sunny spot. Incubation takes 65 to 80 days.

Found in Muskegon and Lansing areas, Oakland County, and perhaps elsewhere. Possibly introduced through pet trade importation.

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