Habitat: Lives in freshwater rivers and other aquatic habitats
Range: central, eastern and southern United States
Natural Diet: Aquatic insects
and other invertebrates
Status in the Wild: Common (Least Concern)
Fun Animal Facts
Cooters are is a large, riverine turtle that are olive-brown in color with orange, yellow or cream markings. They have an elongated carapace which is could get as large as 16 inches. They have a tooth-like cusps in the upper jaw. It is assumed that this is probably an adaptation to facilitate eating leaves and other aquatic plants.
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