False Map Turtle

False Map Turtle
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Scientific Name:  Graptemys pseudogeographica peudogeographica

Identification:  Also known as a “sawback” turtle, the carapace features a serrated posterior rim.  The Map turtle gets its name from the light yellow lines that form a map like pattern on the top shell (carapace), but this pattern is usually hard to see on adults. There is a ridged keel on the carapace that is easy to spot. The head and neck are brown or greenish gray with numerous yellow lines bordered by dark brown or black. The thick yellow line behind each eye forms a backward L shape. The eye varies in color from brown to yellow and has a black pupil with a bar running through it.
Similar species: The Mississippi map turtle subspecies (G. p. kohnii) has a slightly different shape for the yellow mark behind each eye. Instead of having the L mark and narrow yellow lines touching the back of each eye, the Mississippi subspecies has a crescent behind each eye, and the yellow lines don’t touch the eye.  The eye itself is white with a black pupil and no bar.

Range:  The false map turtle lives in large streams of the Missouri and Mississippi River systems, ranging from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, through the Dakotas southward to southwestern Alabama, southern and western Mississippi, through Louisiana and eastern Texas.
Diet:  In the wild, they feed on aquatic plants, algae, insects, molluscks and fish.  In captivity, they do well on Mazuri and ReptoMin, Reptile/Pond 10, Cichlid Sticks, aquatic plants, fish, veggies, snails, crickets, assorted worms and insects.

Map turtles of all kinds are avid baskers, spending many hours during the day in the sun. When with other turtles, they also are very communal, sharing space and using each other for predator watching, increasing the odds of surviving an attack.  These turtles are extremely wary. If one dives, they all dive. The turtles remaining (if any) are the painted turtles. The map turtles resurface fairly quickly, but will remain very cautious and in the water until they feel it is safe.
The false map turtle is a strong swimmer and prefers rivers and large creeks with moderate currents.  They are also comfortable in deep and swift water. The turtles are present in oxbow lakes and sloughs, but are absent from lakes, ponds, or small streams.
Map turtles are also accomplished climbers.  We have had babies scale 12 inches of vertical corrugated filter hose and fall 2 feet outside the enclosure only to be found sometime later in a completely different pond.




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