Species Spotlight! Coastal Plain Cooter!

It's Mother's Day, and what better species to highlight than a native one that often lays its eggs on and around the grounds of our Turtle Survival Center: the Coastal Plain Cooter.

Common name: Coastal Plain Cooter

Scientific name: Pseudemys floridana

Countries of origin: United States of America

Habitat: Ponds, lakes, marshes, swamps, and slow-moving rivers

Threats: Habitat destruction, degradation, and pollution; road mortality; personal collection for consumption

Wild Population: Unknown; large-scale species status assessments have not been performed

Conservation: Protected from collection in Florida and North Carolina; collections regulated in all other range states

Graphic: Jordan Gray
Turtle Photos: Cris Hagen

**Turtle Survival Alliance strives to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please contact Jordan Gray at jgray@turtlesurvival.org**