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Alabama State Reptile

Alabama red-bellied turtle - click to see all state reptiles
Alabama red-bellied turtle (Pseudemys alabamensis); public domain
USFWS image on Wikipedia. See All State Reptiles & Amphibians.

Alabama Red-Bellied Turtle

Red-bellied turtle video

The Alabama red-bellied turtle, or "red belly" (Pseudemys alabamensis) was named the official state reptile of Alabama in 1990. Placed on the USFWS Endangered Species List in 1987, Alabama red-bellied turtles live in the fresh and brackish water of the Mobile Delta of Alabama and Mississippi, feeding almost entirely on aquatic plants. The life expectancy for this large turtle is about 50 years in the wild.

The carapace is elongated (10 - 13 inch carapace length), highly arched, and elevated along the midline, colored brown to olive with yellow, orange, or reddish streaks and mottling. The skin of the Alabama red-bellied turtle is olive to black with yellow to light orange stripes. The bottom of the shell is usually cream, yellow, red, or orange with dark markings.

Alabama also recognizes an amphibian symbol (the Red Hills salamander - also endangered). See list of reptiles and amphibians for all 50 states.

Source:
Official Alabama Reptile - Alabama Red-bellied Turtle: ADAH
Alabama Red-belly Turtle: USFWS
Links:
Alabama red-bellied turtle: PFMT, Auburn U Alabama
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A Field Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians of Eastern & Central North America
A Field Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians of
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