Red-eared slider turtle
  • Last updated:
  • 22 Jun 2022

Red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans) is a restricted invasive animal under the Biosecurity Act

In Queensland red-eared slider turtles must not be kept, moved, fed, given away, sold, or released into the environment without a permit.


  • one distinctive red or orange stripe behind each eye
  • narrow pale yellow stripes on head and legs
  • grows up to 30cm long
  • can retract its head directly back into shell

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There are seven species/sub-species of native freshwater turtles found in our region including the endangered Mary River Turtle (Elusor macrurus). Native turtle species are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

If you see a red-eared slider turtle report it to Biosecurity Queensland within 24 hours