Peninsula Cooter Turtle (Pseudemys peninsularis)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Peninsula Cooter Turtle (Pseudemys peninsularis)

aka Pseudemys floridana subspecies peninsularis

Endemic to Florida (http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreation/species/reptiles.pdf)

Florida has approved strong conservation measures for freshwater turtles. “prohibited is taking species that look similar to the imperiled species, which include common snapping turtles and cooters.”

Learn: http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/freshwater-turtles/

More photos of my new pond residents: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/pondering-new-residents-in-the-garden.html

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