Please report any sightings of Red-eared Slider Turtles. You may be helping to save waterways for Australian turtles and fish.
This American species is kept illegally in Australia and has become an invasive feral pest in several States. Closely related species are also here illegally. Two Red-eared Slider Turtles have been found in the ACT. One was an escaped pet and the other was living in a dam near the Murrumbidgee River.
It is desirable to prevent this species spreading through the Murray-Darling Basin if possible. Environment ACT is trapping turtles to find out whether there are any more Red-eared Sliders and how far they have spread. Observant people can help too.
Download the identification poster to find out the differences between Red-eared Sliders and local native turtles.