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Dimensions4092 x 2728
Original file size7.16 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceUncalibrated
Date taken9-Jul-12 12:14
Date modified16-Jun-13 13:26
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS-1D Mark IV
Focal length100 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/300 at f/22
FlashFired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 200
Metering modePattern
Turtle, Florida Cooter

Turtle, Florida Cooter

Florida Cooters are large turtles, ranging in size from 23 to 33 cm (9 - 13 in.), and are flatter in appearance than the similar slider turtle (Trachemys scripta). Their carapace has a dark background with a yellow or orange pattern. The plastron has no markings, and there are hollow oval markings on the marginal scutes. The yellowish orange stripes on the head do not form "hairpins", as in close relative P. peninsularis. The Florida cooter is very similar in appearance to the peninsula cooter (P. peninsularis) and River Cooter (P. concinna). Until very recently, P. peninsularis was considered a subspecies of P. floridana and recent evidence has suggested that P. concinna and P. floridana belong to the same species.