Red-eared slider

The Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta eleganse) is the most common subspecies of sliders in British Columbia, and has a long history in the pet trade. Released pets are common in ponds in urban and rural areas on Vancouver Island, particularly within the Capital Regional District, and in the Lower Mainland. In the Captial Region District, it was dected in 25% of the water bodies surveyed. Red-eared Sliders have also been found in low numbers in the more remote areas such as the Alberni Valley. There are a few documented cases of Red-eared Sliders breeding successfully in southern BC,  but this does not appear to be common at the present. Warmer summer weather predicted under climate change scenarios may allow these turtles to breed with more success. 

RES Kings Pond, Victoria