Empty River Cooter Turtle Shells for sale for use in Native American Indian crafts. We carry sizes 7 inches up to 11 inches and sell them individually and in 2 piece and 5 piece lots. River Cooter Turtles can move with surprising speed in the water and on land. It is not unusual for river cooters to wander from one body of fresh water to another, but many individuals seem to develop fairly large home ranges, which they seldom or never leave. It sleeps in the water, hidden under vegetation. In areas that are quite warm it remains active all winter, but in cooler climates, can become dormant during the winter for up to two months, in the mud, underwater. It doesn't breathe during this time of low metabolism, but can utilize oxygen from the water, which it takes in through the cloaca. The river cooter prefers to be well hidden under aquatic plants during the winter dormancy period or while sleeping each night.
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