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Mississippi Map Turtle

The Mississippi Map Turtle is endemic to the central parts of the United States and gets its name from the contour map-like markings all over its body. A subspecies of the false map turtle belonging to the family Emydidae, these diurnal, basking turtles are popular as pets around the world as they are quite entertaining to watch.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Emydidae
    Genus Graptemys
    Species G. pseudogeographica
    Subspecies G. p. kohni
    Scientific Name Graptemys pseudogeographica kohni

    Length/Size Females are larger with a carapace length of  6 to 10 inches (about 15 to 25 cm), while the adult males are 3.5 to 5 inches (about 9 to 13 cm)
    Body Coloration Black base with white to pale yellow marks resembling geographical maps; shell color is brown or olive with thin connected lines or circles in yellow
    Range/Distribution Along the Mississippi River and the associated tributaries, from Illinois and Missouri towards the south
    Habitat Rivers, large streams, and lakes; prefers slow-moving waters with lots of aquatic vegetation
    Breeding Season Mating may occur at different times in a year
    Diet/Food Omnivorous; Aquatic vegetation, insects, insect larvae, mollusks, etc.
    Clutch Size 8-22 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on November 19th 2018 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 6th June 2019.

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