Freshwater Turtles

Some turtles swim in the sea, but these ones live in freshwater lakes, ponds, and rivers. In fact, more than 55 freshwater turtle species live throughout the United States. Although they spend most of their time in the water, they can be seen soaking up the sun on rocks or logs.

Some of the turtles at Aquatica were rescued and cared for by the San Diego Turtle & Tortoise Society. They suffered injuries when they ventured too close to a road or were abandoned by their owners. When considering a turtle for a pet, please be sure you can provide the proper home and care for these delicate reptiles.

Q: What freshwater turtle species are at Aquatica?
SW: Mostly red-eared sliders.

Q: How big do they get?
SW: About 7 to 12 inches long. Females grow longer than males.

Q: Are they endangered?
SW: Red-eared sliders are not endangered, but they are popular pets. Owners who cannot properly care for them often “release” them into non-native areas, where they compete with and prey on local species. When considering a turtle for a pet, please be sure you can provide the proper home and care for these delicate reptiles.