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Florida cooter or Coastal cooter

Pseudemys concinna floridana


Sunbathing turtles in the Mangrove bushes of Jonathan Dickinson State Park.


The species is found within the southeastern coastal plain of the United States, from extreme southeastern Virginia southward through all of Florida and westward to the vicinity of Mobile Bay, Alabama. The nominate race (P. f. floridana) occupies most of the species' geographic range but is replaced in the Florida peninsula by the Peninsula cooter (Pseudemys peninsularis), which is primarily distinguished by differences in head markings. Both races can be distinguished from sympatric Pseudemys species by the immaculate yellow color of their plastrons and the lack of a U-shaped cusp in the upper jaw (characteristic of the Florida Redbelly Turtle).

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Amber Burns
Amber Burns 12 years ago Yes they are both the same tpye of turtle.

alicelongmartin 12 years ago

He says, "Watch me make this high dive!"

sttweets 12 years ago

@Amber, Isn't Florida Cooter just another name for Coastal Cooter?

Amber Burns
Amber Burns 12 years ago

They are both coastal cooter.

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Dec 20, 1998
Submitted on Jul 7, 2011

Spotted for Mission

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