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Rio Grande Cooter

The Rio Grande Cooter is a turtle species that belongs to the Emydidae family. They are known for their glossy and brightly patterned carapace.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Family Emydidae
    Subfamily Deirochelyinae
    Genus Pseudemys
    Species P. gorzugi
    Scientific Name Pseudemys gorzugi


    Length Up to 37.2 cm by carapace length
    Coloration Bright yellow, olive and orange polygonal patterns throughout the carapace
    Distribution Scattered throughout Texas, New Mexico, and in the Rio Grande drainage of Mexico’s Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Chihuahua and Coahuila
    Habitat Slow-moving rivers and river banks, close to water bodies
    Diet Not much is known (preliminary studies indicate vegetarian diet)
    Breeding Season Not enough information
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened

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    Published on December 4th 2017 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 12th December 2017.

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