Northern Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica)
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.
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.
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.