Saturday, September 5, 2015

Florida Cooter

In the Bailey Tract of the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Erika and I found two turtles basking in the sun. I believe they are Florida Cooters, which are known to be social turtles, often basking in groups (Savannah River Ecology lab). The species is found throughout the southeastern coastal plain, from Mississippi to Virginia. Three races across this range may, in fact, be distinct species. In any event, they are omnivorous. Females prefer aquatic plants, while males prefer aquatic invertebrates.

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