The Florida Red-Belly Turtle ranges in Florida, and southern Georgia. It is primarily herbivorous, and can be found in nearly any type of aquatic habitat. It reaches particularly high densities in spring runs, and occasionally can be found in brackish water.
This species is active year-round and spends a large portion of the day basking on logs. They are noted for sometimes laying their eggs in the nest mounds of alligators.
Hatchlings are green/olive color and develop an orange color eventually going to reddish as an adult.