Okefenokee Florida Red-bellied Cooter Turtle

Florida Red-bellied Turtle, Pseudemys nelsoni, on spatterdock yellow lily pads. Photographed in March 2020 in the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia, USA. ©www.williamwisephoto.com. Please don’t steal my images. Download and use legally from Dreamstime.com.

The Florida Redbelly Turtle is another common aquatic turtle I’ve spotted on my canoe adventures throughout the Okefenokee Swamp. A close look at Pseudemys nelsoni reveals two cusps on its upper beak which differentiates it from the other turtles in the refuge. The Suwannee River, which runs through the Okefenokee, is the northern border of this turtle’s range. It reportedly lays its eggs in active alligator nests.

iNaturalist observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/45351272


    1. Turtles can be on a hungry gator’s menu. But I suppose the benefit of an alligator guarding your clutch of babies is worth the risk. I imagine they sneak in and lay those eggs quick though! Thanks for reading and commenting. William

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