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Red eared turtle
Red eared turtle  

Red eared Turtle
Red eared Turtle  
Good day!
I am a Biology student and it's part of our Animal Physiology and Anatomy subject to identify the organism assigned to us. I would like to ask you to confirm if the turtle that I have is the Red eared slider. I would greatly appreciate your response.
Thank you Ma'am!

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Hi Amor,

It's generally my policy not to provide information to students that they should discover through their own research, and especially so for university students.  Since you're in a physiology/anatomy class, I'm assuming you are supposed to provide more than a "yes, it's a RES" kind of answer.  What I'd suggest doing is googling "Taxonomy of red-eared slider" and listing the specific identifying markers that led you to the conclusion that what you have is indeed a red-eared slider.  Good luck on your project!

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Questions regarding husbandry of Russian tortoises and other Mediterranean species, sulcata, and redfoot tortoises; general tortoise and turtle care; box turtle care. If I can't answer a specific question, I can provide sources for further research. Disclaimer: My advice is not a substitute for vet care. If I think your tortoise/turtle has a specific medical condition or injury that warrants a vet visit, I'll tell you so, and if possible I'll help you locate a vet. It is neither legal nor ethical for me to provide veterinary advice.

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I have kept and bred Russian tortoises for over ten years and have other Mediterranean species plus redfoots and box turtles. I've worked with other tortoise and turtle species while doing volunteer rescue work; mostly sulcata but some leopards, California desert tortoises, yellowfoots, all box turtle species, red-eared sliders, etc. I don't personally keep aquatic species, but have access to a wealth of information and research to help you with any questions you might have.

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My knowledge is based on hands-on experience keeping, breeding, and working with tortoises and turtles.

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