Florida Red-bellied Cooter Pseudemys nelsoni

Florida Red-bellied Cooter
Florida Red-bellied Cooter
The Florida Red-bellied Cooter, also called Florida Redbelly Turtle, is native to rivers and lakes of southeast USA. Its yellow plastron (underside) is tinged with red and there are red streaks in the carapace (upper shell). The head and legs are yellow-stripes on black like most cooters. It is a large terrapin, with shell length of around a foot.
Florida Red-bellied Cooter
Florida Red-bellied Cooter
The Florida Red-bellied Cooter is related to the Peninsula Cooter (P. peninsularis) of the Florida peninsula and to the Northern Red-bellied Cooter (P. rubriventris). Here it is shown with a Red-eared Slider and, above right, also with Yellow-bellied Sliders.
Florida Red-bellied Cooter with Red-eared Slider
Florida Red-bellied Cooter with Red-eared Slider
Florida Red-bellied Cooter with Red-eared Slider
Florida Red-bellied Cooter compared to Red-eared Slider.