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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 large, riverine turtles 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. Although juvenile turtles are omnivorous, adults are predominantly herbivorous. Adult males are smaller than the females. The females lay a clutch of two to 10 eggs in spring.

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Cooters are found in the eastern and southern parts of the U.S [Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons]

 

Distributional range