Alabama red-bellied turtle (Pseudemys alabamensis)

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General Information

This is a large (2O to 25 centimeters or 8 to 1O inches carapace length) freshwater turtle, normally with an orange to reddish plastron and a prominent notch at the tip of the upper jaw, bordered on either side by a toothlike cusp. The elongated carapace is highly arched and elevated along the midline; its highest point is often anterior to the midbody where the carapace is widest. The carapace is brown to olive, with yellow, orange, or reddish streaks and mottling that form distinct, light vertical bars on the pleural scutes. The skin is olive to black with yellow to light orange stripes. The Alabama red-bellied turtle seems to feed almost entirely on aquatic plants (Dobie 1985b).

  • States/US Territories in which the Alabama red-bellied turtle, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur:  Alabama , Mississippi
  • US Counties in which the Alabama red-bellied turtle, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
1987-06-16 Southeast Region (Region 4) Wherever found

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
2007-08-02 00:00:00.0 72 FR 42425 42426 5-Year Review of Nine Southeastern Species
1986-07-08 00:00:00.0 51 FR 24727 24731 Proposed Thr. Status for Alabama Red-Bellied Turtle; 51 FR 24727-24731
1982-12-30 00:00:00.0 47 FR 58454 58460 Review of Vertebrate Wildlife for Listing as End. or Thr. Species
1987-06-16 00:00:00.0 52 FR 22939 22943 Determination of End. Status for Alabama Red-bellied Turtle; 52 FR 22939- 22943

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
1990-01-08 Alabama Red-bellied Turtle View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
2007-08-02 72 FR 42425 42426 5-Year Review of Nine Southeastern Species
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
Five Year Review
Date Title
Alabama Red-bellied Turtle (Pseudemys alabamensis) 5-Year Review: Summary and Evaluation

» Critical Habitat

No critical habitat rules have been published for the Alabama red-bellied turtle.

» Conservation Plans

No conservation plans have been created for Alabama red-bellied turtle.

» Petitions

» Life History

No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

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