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Origin: Southern United States & Northern Mexico Scientific Name:  Trachemys Scripta Elegans
Red-eared Sliders top shell is called a carapace and is brightly marked. 
The bottom shell is called the plastron and is yellow with a dark, rounded blotch in each scute (section).
A baby turtle will become a boy or girl depending on the temperature within the nest. Eggs that are incubated at temperatures between 22 and 27 degrees Celsius become only males, while eggs that are incubated at warmer temperatures become females
The red-eared slider is the most popular pet turtle in the United States.
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