Amphibians

Reptiles

Northern Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica)

Description


Habitats


Habits and Life History


Prey and Hunting Techniques

Common Map hatchlings are very busy little bodies. They poke their nose into everything to see if its edible, often taking a bite of an oddly colored rock or weed sprig only to wipe their mouth in displeasure. They seem to be attracted to minnows in distress. They eat carrion, which is the dead body or remains of other animals. Common food sources of this type would be fish, crayfish, snakes and even your leftover hot dog floating in the water. Their sense of smell is strong in the water.


Temperament and Defense

Young turtles are very curious and will often "nose" an item floating by. They are however; skiddish when basking and will most often dive to safety when approached.


Conservation


State Distribution and Abundance


Gallery

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Contributors


Bibliography

  • Behler, J. L., and F. W. King. 1979 (1987). The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians. 3rd ed. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. 743 pp.
  • Conant, R., and J. T. Collins. 1998. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America. 3rd ed., Expanded. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston. 616 pp.
  • Trauth, S. E., H. W. Robison, and M. V. Plummer. 2004. Amphibians and Reptiles of Arkansas. University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville. 421 pp.

Discussion

Experience with captive hatchlings has resulted in a variety of desireable food items for this species. "Reptile sticks and aquatic turtle treats" should be used as a staple or in the winter months when fresh prey is not readily available.

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