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Florida Redbelly Turtle

The Florida Redbelly Turtle (Pseudemys nelsoni) is a turtle species found in Florida and southern Georgia. These turtles can be found occasionally in brackish waters and during the day may be seen basking on logs. They are active year-round and can be quite populous during Spring mating. They are closely related to the Peninsula Cooter (Pseudemys floridana).

The Florida Redbelly can be distinguished from other turtles by its unique red-tinged plastron (belly) and two cusps on its upper beak. These animals are popular in the pet trade and are also exported as a food. About 50% of the specimens exported are wild caught and the other 50% bred in captivity.

Florida Redbelly Turtle