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Florida Red-bellied Turtle Pseudemys nelsoni (Chrysemys nelsoni)


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Florida Red-bellied Turtle
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Alternate name: Florida Red-bellied Cooter

Family: Emydidae, Pond and Box Turtles view all from this family

Description Black/brown highly arched carapace. Convex vertebral scutes, red bar on each. Reddish-brown plastron.Males front feet have curved claws.

Dimensions 20.3-34cm. (8-13 3/8")

Breeding June-August. Eggs laid June-July.

Habitat Creeks, marshes, ponds, lakes and sloughs.

Range Florida peninsula and panhandle.

Discussion Herbivorous. Basks for long periods due to its thick shell.