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Florida Redbelly Turtle (Pseudemys nelsoni)
Florida Redbelly turtle at a pond in South Carolina, USA
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Florida Redbelly Turtle
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FLORIDA REDBELLY TURTLE FACTSDescription
The Florida Redbelly Turtle is closely related to the Peninsula Cooter (P. floridana). The two species can often be found basking on logs together. The carapace is dark with indistinct yellowish or brownish pattern. The Florida Redbelly Turtle has a distinctive red-tinged plastron (belly), although older animals may not have red bellies. They have notches on either side of the upper jaw. The skin is dark with yellowish stripes. There is a short stripe on top of head between the eyes.
Found in various types of aquatic habitat, including lakes, ponds, streams, spring runs, and sometimes brackish water. It spends a large part of the day basking on logs.
They sometimes lay their eggs in the nest mounds of alligators.
Florida, and southern Georgia.