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 Texas River Cooter (Pseudemys texana)




Texas River Cooter | Pseudemys texana photo
Texas River Cooter

Photograph by LA Dawson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Texas River Cooter | Pseudemys texana photo
Texas River Cooter

Photograph by LA Dawson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

TEXAS RIVER COOTER FACTS

Description
The Texas River Cooter is a fairly large greenish brown turtle. The skin has yellow and black striped markings that fade with age. Males have longer tails and longer claws than females. They are excellent swimmers.

Size
length to 30cm

Environment
Texas River Cooters live in rivers and streams. They can often be seen by the edge of the water, or basking on floating logs or rocks. They are shy and will dive into the water if disturbed.

Food
Young turtles being are mainly carnivorous and eat aquatic invertebrates and small fish. As they mature they eat more plant matter.

Range
Texas

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Testudines
Family:Emydidae
Genus:Pseudemys
Species:texana
Common Name:Texas River Cooter


Relatives in same Genus
  Cooter (P. floridana)
  Florida Redbelly Turtle (P. nelsoni)