Friday, December 19, 2014

Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

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Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) are one of the many reptiles promoted by Zoo Negara, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia National Zoo. They are not popular with many zoo visitors, comparing them to the ever famous Lions or Tigers, because these reptile species is commonly found elsewhere in pet shop or being rare as decorative pet in public pond. Although, they are generally known to be shy animal in the wild, but they are at ease with humans spectators at a close distance, curiously admiring these cold blooded reptiles soaking up the hot and humid tropical mid afternoon sun ray, within a barricaded naturally man-made pond scatter in various location within the zoo vicinity.

Photographing Red-Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) species is quite easy when they are basking under the sun around noontime, it is the best time in the day where they laze quitely for anyone to comfortably compose, or even recompose several nice memorable photos of them posing in their man-made natural habitat. Having a sound knowledge, or attentive observation of animal behaviour pattern beforehand does help in photographing wildlife, or even domestic pets. Keep in mind they are not human models with given instruction to pose as to how or when – like a paid job. I have seen far too many comical zoo visitors with their cameras, giving verbal or physical instruction to animals posing in front their lens all the time – as if they were educated from the same school. Sometimes, my trip to the zoo can be just as ridiculously entertaining, to educating me at the same time …

It is straight forward as to how this reptile adopted the name Red-eared Slider – a prominent reddish mark on its skin surrounding both the ears, and effortlessly sliding off rocks, or logs into the water to avoid harm. They are a native species in southern United States, but Red-eared Slider is well populated worldwide except the Antarctica. This is due to their invasive nature such as having fast growth with rapid reproduction, altering their growth to suit condition, ecological competence, having the ability to live off of a wide range of food types and most importantly – association with humans. It is a known fact we are the biggest threat to many endanger species on this living planet.

Red-eared Slider (<i>Trachemys scripta elegans</i>)
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