Pearl River Map Turtle

Alabama Map Turtle

Black Knob Map Turtle

Northern Map Turtle

Ouachita Map Turtle

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Map Turtles, sometimes refered to as Sawback Turtles, are members of the genus Graptemys and are found throughout the eastern half of the United States and northward into southern Canada. Map turtles get their name from their appearance. Their carapace (the top/dome portion of their shell) has designs on it that resembles those seen on some maps. Specifically, it has been noted that the lines on their shells look like waterways on a map. These lines are often a yellow or orange color, with darker colors in between them such as greens and browns. While they superficially resemble other species of aquatic turtles, including sliders (Trachemys) and cooters (Pseudemys). However, they are distinguished by a keel that runs the length of the center of the carapace. They also typically grow to a smaller size at maturity. Throughout the pet trade Mississippi, False, and Ouachita map turtles were bred and hatched out by the thousands back in the 1970s, but as the 4-Inch Law was established, map turtles slowly decreased in popularity. Today these same common three still hold the title for most common among the pet trade. Adult females of most species of Map turtles can reach 7 inches and adult males are considerably smaller, with most only reaching 5 - 6 inches. Map turtles of all kinds are avid but wary baskers, spending many hours during the day in the sun. They are very communal and get along with many other species of turtles, sharing space and using each other for predator watching. When one dives, they all dive.

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False Map Turtle

Mississippi Map Turtle

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