Reptiles

River Cooter

RANGE
Southern USA

HABITAT
Lives in slow moving streams and rivers with plenty of rocks and logs to bask on along the banks.

SIZE
9 – 15 ½ inches

LIFE EXPECTANCY
A captive female survived to be 40 years old.

REPRODUCTION
The males have straight, elongated foreclaws in which they use in attracting a female by vibrating these long claws against the cheeks of the female. The female will lay about 20 eggs in May to June.

DIET
The river cooter is mostly herbivorous.

BEHAVIOR
This turtle is will often be seen basking with other turtle species. However, they are easy to scare and quickly dive into the water. These turtles can breathe without breaking the surface of the water with their body.

POINTS OF INTEREST
The head and neck have numerous yellow stripes, however the postorbital strip is not as broad as in the slider turtle. The males have straight, elongated foreclaws in which they use in attracting a female by vibrating these long claws against the cheeks of the female. The meat of this turtle is favored locally in the South.

STATUS
Common