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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


Fun Facts

  • Cooters are large, riverine turtles that are olive-brown in color with orange, yellow or cream markings. They have an elongated carapace which can get as large as 16 inches.
  • Although juvenile turtles are omnivorous, adults are predominantly herbivorous.
  • Adult males are smaller than the females.
  • The females dig a hole in the ground with their hind legs to lay their eggs.
  • They lay a clutch of two to 10 eggs in spring.
  • During the winter months, these turtles become dormant in a hibernation-like state called brumation


Conservation Threats

  • Mortality on roads is considered a threat for river cooters
  • Habitat degradation and water pollution of riverine ecosystems also have a detrimental effect on wild population numbers of this species


River Cooter Cooters are found in the eastern and southern parts of the U.S




Map Distributional range