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Red-Bellied Cooter

Pseudemys nelsoni

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Wetland at Royal Palm, Everglades National Park, Florida

Notes:

Individual was basking

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Alex Salcedo
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Alex Salcedo

Florida, USA

Spotted on Mar 9, 2014
Submitted on Mar 19, 2015

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