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)
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.