Red Eared Sliders

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Red-eared slider turtles have become an invasive species and a threat to freshwater turtles around the world. The IUCN list the red eared slider as one of the 100 worst invasive species worldwide (Boudjelas et al 2000.) They can survive and thrive in almost any freshwater ecosystem. They are able to outcompete other species of turtles for nutrients and territory and they threaten to decline the native turtle population wherever they live. A lot of pet turtle owners don’t know the threat red-eared sliders pose to their nearby ecosystem. The objective of this literature review is to examine and compile prior research about the effects that red-eared slider turtles have on other freshwater turtles everywhere in the world.

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They have now spread to every continent, except Antarctica. Some of the places red-eared slider turtles have been introduced to include North and South America, Australia, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Red-eared slider turtles have even been introduced to small, isolated islands such as Mariana Islands, Guam, and Bahrain. Some countries, such as Japan, are now considering banning the import and ownership of red-eared sliders. Australia and some European countries have already banned ownership completely. Red-eared sliders will be difficult to eradicate as they are elusive, and because wetland areas tend to be sensitive to human activity. Chemical extermination of an organism can have negative impacts on any ecosystem, but some areas, such as Japan, have been forced to resort to these measures (Kikuchi …show more content…
It would be very difficult to completely eradicate red-eared sliders. Red-eared slider turtles can be controlled by countries putting in an effort to ban the import and trade of red-eared slider turtles as well as local community efforts in extracting any released pet turtles from the wild. Banning ownership of turtles as pets could prevent new invasions. It would be difficult to change the habitat to better suit native turtles as they have the same requirements as red-eared sliders and red-eared sliders are better competitors in all suitable

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