Eastern River Cooter

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Size

These turtles can reach a fair size, at up to 16 inches in length (from the front to the back of the shell).

Habitat and Distribution

These river and pond turtles can be found in America through the states of Virginia, Georgia, Texas, Indiana and Oklahoma.

Age

The average lifespan of these turtles may be up to 40 to 50 years.

Diet

The diet of an adult turtle is generally vegetarian however the younger ones will often eat a diet richer in protein to aid their growth. Such meals may consist of aquatic insects, frog spawn and fish.

Groups and Breeding

When enticing a female to mate with him, the males will flutter their long claws in the face of a female while under the water. if the female is receptive she will sink to the bottom of the water where he will mate with her. Females will lay between 15 and 20 eggs which are generally laid fairly near the edge of the water body their live in but out of reach of rising water levels. Eggs generally hatch after 45 to 55 days.

Threats

These animals are not threatened in the wild due to common numbers and a high success rate in terms of breeding and hatching.

Interesting fact’s

Many pet shops sell turtles of many species as good pets, however most will outgrow the space an average household is able to provide for them. Our turtle collection is made up of just some of the many turtles which are abandoned as a result of this trade.