Eastern River Cooter

Pseudemys concinna concinna

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Photo by Robert Rold Photography

Description:  The Eastern River Cooter ranges in size from 9-12 inches.  The carapace (upper shell) is brown with yellow to orange markings.  A light, backwards 'C' is found on the second pleural scale (one over from the central scales on the carapace).  The plastron is marked with a dark pattern.  The head is patterned with 5 yellow lines between the eyes.

Habitat:  Found primarily in slow to moderate moving rivers, but can be found in other aquatic habitats.

Behavior:  The river cooter is mostly active during the day, regularly basking out of the water on the bank, logs or other floating debris.  They rarely leave water and do so usually only to nest.  Nesting occurs in loose sand or dirt near water.  Clutch size averages 20 eggs.  River cooters are mostly vegetarian, although some animal matter may be consumed.

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