Thursday, February 15, 2018

Peninsula Cooter

The peninsula cooter, a subspecies of the coastal plain cooter, differs from the Florida red-bellied cooter by the completely yellow color (no red) of its plastron (belly) and a lack of "u" because of a lack of cusps in the upper jaw.  

Although not without doubt, I believe one of the turtles I saw at the Circle Bar B Reserve in Lakeland was a peninsula cooter, although I did not get a good look at the plastron or front beak to confirm it.  

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