Ouachita Map Turtle

Graptemys pseudogeographica ouachitensis

Ouachita Map Turtle Ouachita Map Turtle
Photo by Robert Rold Photography Photo by Robert Rold Photography

Description:  The Ouachita Map Turtle ranges in size from 3.5-10.5 inches.  The carapace (upper shell) is brown with a keel.  The keel is somewhat knobby and spiny.  A square light spot is behind the eye.  The neck has a variable number of yellow stripes.  A light round spot is on each side of the jaw, and one round spot on the chin.

Habitat:  Found primarily in rivers, but also can occur in lakes and sloughs.

Behavior:  The Ouachita Map Turtle spends most of its time basking.  It feeds on vegetation, insects and mollusks.

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