False Map Turtle

Graptemys pseudogeographicaFalse Map Turtle - Graptemys pseudogeographica

Description: This turtle is a medium sized turtle found in Minnesota’s rivers with a conspicuous vertebral keel and a single “eyebrow” mark behind each eye.  Ground coloration of the carapace ranges from light olive to dark brown and there are one or more large, black smudged blotches on each scute.

Range: False Map Turtles are found along the Mississippi River and its major tributaries from extreme southern North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to Texas and Louisiana.

Habitat: Rivers and streams

Diet:
Wild: Plants, insects, mollusks, and fish.
Zoo:  Crickets and worms

Fun Fact: The gender of this map turtle is determined by the temperature the eggs are incubated at.