River Cooter

River Cooter

River Cooter
Pseudemys concinna


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Chelonia
FAMILY
Emydidae

Range

Eastern and southeastern United States


Habitat

Rivers, lakes, ponds and marshes


Diet

Aquatic plants

Size

9 - 12 in.

Clutch

7 - 18 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Large, freshwater turtle.
  • On the river cooter, a light, backward-facing C-shaped mark on the second scute on each side of the carapace can be used to distinguish it from the Florida cooter.
  • They bask on exposed logs and rocks, and quickly enter the water when approached.
  • Females lay eggs in early summer. Clutch sizes range between 7 and 18 eggs.

 

Conservation

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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