Common name: Coastal Plain Cooter
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Native Range: Southeastern coastal plains from southeastern Virginia to portions of the Florida Everglades and west to Alabama (Ernst et al., 1994; Conant and Collins, 1998).
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
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Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Pseudemys concinna floridana are found here.
Table last updated 6/13/2021
† Populations may not be currently present.
Ecology: Habitat: Large slow-flowing rivers and associated backwaters and ponds (Ernst et al., 1994).
Life History: Reaches maturity at three to four years and plastron length of 12–14 cm (males) or five to seven years and 24-25 cm in length (females) (Ernst et al., 1994). Two to six clutches ranging from 10 to 29 eggs are laid. Nesting occurs any time of year in Florida, but usually not in summer. Elsewhere, nesting is in spring and approaching summer in the northern extent of its range (Ernst et al., 1994).
Means of Introduction: Probably pet release.
Status: Failed in Massachusetts (Cardoza et al., 1993) and Maryland.
References: (click for full references)
Cardoza, J.E., G.S. Jones, T.W. French, and D.B. Halliwell. 1993. Exotic and translocated vertebrates of Massachusetts. Fauna of Massachusetts Series No. 6. 2nd edition. Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Westborough, MA.
Conant, R. and J. T. Collins. 1998. A field guide to reptiles and amphibians. Eastern and Central North America. Third Edition, Expanded. Houghton and Mifflin Co. Boston.
Crother, B.I. (chair). Committee on Standard and English and Scientific Names. 2008. Scientific and standard English names of amphibians and reptiles of North America north of Mexico, with comments regarding confidence in our understanding. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles Herpetological Circular. No. 37. iii + 86p.
Ernst, C. H., J. E. Lovich, and R. W. Barbour. 1994. Turtles of the United States and Canada. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington and London.
Harris, H. S., Jr. 1975. Distributional survey (Amphibia/Reptila): Maryland and District of Columbia. Bulletin of the Maryland Herpetological Society. 11(3): 73-167.
Revision Date: 8/15/2018
McKercher, E., 2021, Pseudemys concinna floridana (LeConte, 1830): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=1253, Revision Date: 8/15/2018, Access Date: 6/24/2021
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