Listed as Endangered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Northern Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys rubriventris) is a species from our own backyard in need of help. Habitat loss, fragmentation, pollution, and adverse effects from invasive species all threaten its survival.


Turtle skulls! Again!

In the second image, the species are: (A) Lissemys punctata, (B) Chelonia mydas, C) Eretmochelys imbricata, (D) Dermochelys coriacea, (E) Macrochelys temminckii, (F) Kinosternon subrubrum, (G) Testudo graeca, (H) Cuora trifasciata, (I) Pseudemys concinna, (J) Terrapene ornata, (K) Emys orbicularis, L) Platysternon megacephalum, M) Macrochelodina (“Chelodina”) expansa, (N) Emydura maquarii, (O) Chelus fimbriatus, (P) Podocnemis expansa, (Q) Pelusios sinuatus.

Werneburg, I. (2012) Temporal Bone Arrangements in Turtles: An Overview. J. Exp. Zool. (Mol. Dev. Evol.) 318 235–249.

It is starting to feel like spring and as the weather warms turtles all over the country are becoming more active. So, make sure to watch out for our hard shelled friends like this Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni) as they cross roadways!