Map Turtle Care Sheet

Description: The Map Turtle is naturally located across North America. It is named due to the unique pattern on its shell.
Scientific Name: Graptemys geographica
Lifespan: 30 to 40 years
Average Size: Up to 12 inches
Origin: North America


Feed your map turtle lots of leafy greens for the plant portion of their diet. For the meat portion a large variety of feeder insects should be used. These insects can include crickets, mealworms and waxworms. Fresh fish can also be used as the Map Turtles tend to like them, just make sure they are small enough that your turtle does not have any trouble getting them in its mouth.


Lighting: Map Turtles will require UVB light for approximately 12 hours per day.
Physical Design: Map Turtles will swim in the water so 40% to 50% of their enclosure should be aquatic. Be sure to provide them a dry area that is at the warm end of the enclosure for basking.
Substrate: Pebbles work well for a substrate just be sure that they are too large to fit in the turtles mouth or impaction can occur.
Temperature: The cool end of the habitat should be at around 70 degrees F while the warm end should be as high as 90 degrees F.
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