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River cooter

Pseudemys concinna

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)


Animal Facts

Cooters are a large, riverine turtle that are olive-brown in color with orange, yellow or cream markings. They have an elongated carapace which 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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Cooters are found in the eastern and southern parts of the U.S [Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons]


Distributional range