The Florida Suwannee Cooter
C. Munro USFWS
The Endangered Reptiles
The Turtles of Florida
Endangered or Threatened Florida Freshwater Turtles
The Suwannee Cooter
In the African languages of Bambara and Malink,
the word for Turtle is Kuta,
from which the word Cooter is derived.
This freshwater Turtle has bright yellow markings
and can grow up to sixteen inches in length.
It is on the Species of Special Concern
and is protected in Florida.
An unusual trait of the Cooter, is in their manner
of placement on logs in the water, stacking
on top of each other like pancakes on a
A Cooter can frequently be observed sunning
itself on the same log as an Alligator, seemingly
at peace with one another.
The Cooter is safe from becoming a Gator
meal unless it is young, in which case,
it may be in serious trouble.
Places to learn more:
Florida Museum of Natural History
Northwest Florida Waterways and Wildlife
Florida Naturalist Program
Turtles of Lake
University of Florida
Turtles and Aquatic Plants
Suwannee River Wildlife
Zip Code Zoo
Walking with the Alligators
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