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Red-eared Terrapin Trachemys scripta elegans Length to 25m Freshwater turtle, originating eastern North America. Body is protected by a shell comprising scale-like plates on dorsal surface. Neck and legs are striped; note red patch on side of head. Widely kept as a pet and often liberated, outside its range. Because it is a voracious predator, it is a conservation problem and regarded as an unwelcome invasive species.