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Northern Map Turtle

Graptemys geographica
  • Male 9-15.9cm; female 18-27.3cm
  • Males much smaller than females
  • Numerous fine yellow lines on olive green to brownish carapace, resembling a map; may be less obvious in older turtles
  • Rear margin of carapace serrated
  • Carapace has a slight raised area (or keel) down centre of shell
  • Yellow plastron
  • Yellow spot, variable in size and shape, behind each eye
  • Head and limbs may have light and dark stripes
  • Often seen basking on logs or rocks in rivers and lakes
  • lays 10-16 oblong, parchment-shelled eggs