Meet the Turtles
In addition to the 11 native species we are studying in the Santa Fe River and springs, we have documented the occurrence of 4 non-native turtles. These non-native turtles are released pets and their offspring. Although released pets may survive and reproduce quite well in the Santa Fe River, they may cause harm to native turtles by competing for food and basking sites. Some non-native turtles even breed with our native turtles. Non-native turtles should never be released into the Santa Fe River or any other wild area where they do not naturally occur.
Trachemys scripta elegans