Ringed Map Turtle


Common name : Ringed sawback

Scientific name : Graptemys oculifera

Family : Emydidae

Native to : Southern United States

Interesting fact : Captive life span is 20.3 years.

Conservation status : Vulnerable

Beautiful yellow rings adorn the olive shell of the ringed map turtle. It is exclusively found in the Pearl River in Louisiana and Mississippi. These sawbacks have flat spines down their backs. Bright yellow stripes cover their skins. They love to bask and live in sand or clay-bottomed rivers. Their diet is made of fish, plant and debris from logs.

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