Review and images by JimoAi; edited by bmathison1972
Red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) are a semi-aquatic species of turtles (in some places, they are also known as terrapins). They are found in most freshwater habitats of North America, including the southern United States and Northern Mexico. Juveniles are typically a green colour with a ‘red ear’ (hence the name) but as they get older, they turn to more of a brownish colour and the red ear fades. They get to a shell size of 15-30 cm; males are smaller compared to the females and have longer front claws for mating purposes while the females have longer hind claws for digging up nests. Like most turtles, they can retract their heads into their shells and they are omnivorous, feeding on both plants and animals. In turn, they are eaten by raccoons, alligators, large fish, and large birds, such as herons. They are adorable when young, and because of this, they are very popular pets. Unfortunately, many people do not know how big they get nor that they could live to 30 years on average, especially for females, which leads to a large number of these reptiles being neglected and some often gets dumped into nearby water bodies. Due to their lack of natural instincts, the captive turtles will usually end up dying and those that end up surviving will have a negative effect on the environment as they reproduce much faster and at a higher rate than most native turtles and they outcompete them for resources. Because if this, they have been listed as the top 100 worst Invasive Species, certainly a better invader than a certain little green invader (I’m looking at you, Invader Zim!). However, if raised well (given appropriate-sized enclosures), owners will be rewarded with their inquisitive nature, and they have also been known to recognize their owner’s face! So, if you’re planning to keeping red-eared sliders or any pets, DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE BUYING!
About the figure: the carapace has a length of 3 cm long, which puts this little red-eared slider at the 1:1 scale for a really young specimen.
The head is big in proportion to the shell, which is a bright green colour and there is a bright red ear, suggesting that this red eared slider is a young specimen. The skin is a darker green color with bright green streaks on the limbs and head, there are black and yellow markings on the carapace, and the claws are painted grey.
The bottom part of the shell (plastron), is a yellow colour with some green markings.
This figure, like the other Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. turtles, are re-releases of the Yujin line after Yujin was bought up by Takara Tomy. This gives collectors a second chance to obtain these little chelonians at a cheaper prices (I hope the Yujin Saltwater Fish in Colour Part One gets the same treatment ). I also do hope that companies would make an adult one in the similar size. Safari ltd has done one for their Incredible Creatures line and Furuta, Kaiyodo, and Ikimon has produced juvenile specimens, including albino variants. And since I don’t have any Red Eared Sliders and this is a life-size figure, why not compare it to the real deal? Here’s a 3 cm juvenile compared to a 17.5 cm 12-year-old adult male (really makes a good before and after photograph).