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 False Map Turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica)




False Map Turtle | Graptemys pseudogeographica photo
False Map Turtle

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FALSE MAP TURTLE FACTS

Description
The False Map Turtle carapace is olive, brown, or black with dark blotches surrounded by yellow lines. The lines can form a fine web pattern over the shell. The markings are more prominent on young turtles. The carapace has serrated edges and a keel along the spine. The underside (plastron) is cream or yellow colored. Young turtles have patterned plastron. The skin is olive to brown with yellow lines on the legs, tail, chin, and neck. The head is broad and may have an l-shaped marking behind the eyes. Adult males have a longer tail than females.

Size
length: males 9cm -15cm; females 12cm - 27cm

Environment
False map turtles are found mainly in large rivers and backwaters, also found in lakes, ponds, marshes. They prefer slow moving water with places to bask, and plenty aquatic vegetation.

Food
mollusks, insects and insect larvae, fish carrion, and some vegetation.

Breeding
Nests from mid-May to late July. The nest is dug during the day from 5 to 150 m from water in open sandy areas or areas with low shrubs. The female digs a 10cm to 16 cm deep nest and lays 8-22 eggs. After laying, she covers them sand. Females lay 2 to 3 clutches in a year.

Range
The False Map Turtles is found in Mississippi and Missouri River basins from Louisiana and Texas in the south to Minnesota and South Dakota in the north and east to Ohio

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Testudines
Family:Emydidae
Genus:Graptemys
Species:pseudogeographica
Common Name:False Map Turtle


Relatives in same Genus
  Barbour's Map Turtle (G. barbouri)
  Common Map Turtle (G. geographica)
  Mississippi Map Turtle (G. kohnii)
  Black knobbed Map Turtle (G. nigrinoda)
  Alabama Map Turtle (G. pulchra)