Pseudemys concinna concinna
(Le Conte, 1830)
English : Eastern river cooter
French : Pseudémyde hiéroglyphe
Class : Reptilia
Order : Testudines
Family : Emydidae
Notes : 1 other subspecies known.
Adults can reach a shell length of 43 cm for a weight of 5 kg. Oval shell with blunt ends, dorsally flattened and covered with yellow to light brown lines and mottling. Legs, head and neck are nearly black with many yellow lines.
Range and habitat
This subspecies is found in Eastern USA, from Florida and South-Carolina to Oklahoma and Texas. It has been introduced to Europe, especially in Spain. Lives in rivers, swamps and lakes with aquatic and terrestrial vegetation, lowlands.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Appendix II
Status : The species is still locally common but declines have been observed because of water pollution, disturbance, habitat loss and overexploitation.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known