Reptiles and Amphibians - invasive

Red-Eared Slider Turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans) on Mar 29, 2009

Submitter does not have a specimen
EDRR Status: Local expert notified

Description of specimen

The Gilbert house discovery village in salem, oregon is keeping a red eared slider on display. The sign states that the slider was "rescued" from the Umatilla river. I feel that it is irresponsible and wrong for an educational institution such as the gilbert house to be putting out the idea that red eared sliders are appropriate pets in oregon, because they are not. They are illegal.


Dear Amanda,

Thanks so much for taking the time to report this situation. I have notified Rick Boatner, Wildlife Integrity coordinator at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Rick is going to follow up with Gilbert House Discovery Museum.

Thanks again,

Tania Siemens
Invasive Species Research Assistant
Oregon Sea Grant Extension
Oregon State University
cell: 541-914-0701

Tania Siemens
April 13, 2009, 10 a.m.