River Cooter Turtle
Chrysemys floridana

River Cooter Turtle may also be known as Dan River Cooter, Basking Turtle, and Florida Cooter. The adult River Cooter may reach a foot in length. Relatively young individuals have distinctive markings on the underside that may disappear as the turtle ages. Some older specimens are dark brown to black when seen from a distance. Dried mud on the upper carapace may appear as a gray color, and green algae on some specimens produce a dark greenish cast when moist. The notched bottom edge of the carapace is characteristic of the cooters.

Winter months are spent in the mud or on the bottom of some river or body of water. Proper weather conditions allow anyone to spot these numerous turtles basking on rocks and partly submerged tree limbs. Nearly all turtles bask in the sun, but the sunbathing habit is especially marked among members of this group, who often pile on top of one another on a favorite log.




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