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The Florida Redbellied Cooter can be distinguished from the other turtles by its distinctive red-tinged plastron (belly) and two cusps (like teeth) on its upper beak. Like most Pseudemys turtles, this species is a fairly large river turtle. Carapace length in mature turtles can range from 20.3 to 37.5 cm. Females, which average 30.5 cm in length and weigh 4 kg, are noticeably larger than males, which are around 25 cm and 1.8 kg.
Wetland at Royal Palm, Everglades National Park, Florida
Individual was basking