A native of the Mississippi Valley area of the United States, the red-eared slider turtle is now a well-established problem in many parts of the world. It has been nominated among 100 of the “World’s Worst” invaders by the World Conservation Union, and is considered a major threat to biodiversity.
The turtle is very aggressive, and will out-compete native species for food and space in our waterways and lake systems. Large specimens can inflict a painful bite.
The turtle has few natural predators in Australia and is a Class 1 declared pest animal.
If you think you have seen one of these turtles, or have one in your possession, please contact the Department of Natural Resources and Mines on 1800 999 367.
|Author||Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, QLD|