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Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni)
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Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni)

General Description: Florida Red-bellied Cooters (Pseudemys nelsoni) are dark pond turtles with a domed shell streaked with yellow and red. This species is separated from similar species by the reddish plastron (mostly reddish to yellow with a tinge of red) and a large "tooth" on each side of the beak. The skin of the face and legs is dark and heavily striped with yellow.

Taxonomy: Sliders (Emydidae).

Where to Find: Don't look for Florida Red-bellied Cooters around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them in Florida and south Georgia.

Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni)
Note red on plastron
Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni)
Note red on plastron
Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni)
Turtle "teeth"
Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni)
Note range of color variation on plastrons
Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni) Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni)
Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni) Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni)
Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni) Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni)
Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni) Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni)
Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni) Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni)
Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni) Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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