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Plymouth red-bellied turtle
(Pseudemys rubriventris)
walrus
Description
Is a fairly large river turtle endemic to the United States of America. Their carapace, or shell, is brown to black with reddish bars on some scutes. The plastron, or belly, is pink to red and the head, neck and legs are dark, covered with bright yellow lines in younger individuals. Markings may become less obvious with age and some older turtles are almost completely black above with few distinguishing characteristics.
Dimensions
They average about 11 to 12 inches in length, and weigh on average around 6.6 lb. although large females can measure up to 16 inches in length.
Diet
They primarily eat aquatic vegetation and algae. Secondary food sources include crayfish, snails, fish, and tadpoles. Juveniles are herbivorous and adults are omnivorous.
Habitat & Range
This aquatic species primarily inhabit large water bodies including lakes, ponds, marshes, slow-moving rivers and creeks. They can be found in the Plymouth Pinelands of the Massachusetts.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS NEAR THREATENED / ENDANGERED

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