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False Map Turtle

Graptemys pseudogeographica


Carapace is olive brown to dark green with light yellowish markings. A prominent midline ridge at the top of the carapace gives this species the nickname “sawback”. Head, tail, and limbs are gray to black with yellow, brown, or whitish stripes. Head is smaller than the common map turtle. A thicker yellow, “V” or hook shape behind the eye allows 4 to 7 light stripes from the neck to reach the eye.



Carapace 3 - 7 inches



Similar Species

Ouachita and common map turtles


This species is more omnivorous than other map turtles, consuming more vegetation in its diet. It also consumes mollusks, insects, and fish.


Similar to the common map turtle. Prefers large creeks and rivers with muddy or sandy bottoms and vegetation. Also found in sloughs, oxbows, and lakes.


This species prefers to bask throughout the day, often found with other species of turtles. They are powerful swimmers and bask near deep water with strong current. It may be active most months of the year.

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False Map Turtle

False Map Turtle

False Map Turtle

Graptemys pseudogeographica

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