Mississippi Map Turtle (Gratemys kohni) Care Sheet

Map Turtles are beautiful little aquatics found throughout the United States through Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas. There are several types of species of Map Turtles, each having sub-species in them as well. Some of the most common map turtles include the False Map Turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica pseudogeographica), Mississippi Map Turtle (Graptemys kohni), Common Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica), and the Texa’s Map Turtle (Graptemys versa).

A List of More Map Turtles:

  • Barbour’s Map Turtle: Graptemys barbouri
  • Common Map Turtle: Graptemys geographica
  • Cagle’s Map Turtle: Graptemys caglei
  • Escambia Map Turtle: Graptemys ernsti
  • Pascagoula Map Turtle: Graptemys gibbonsi
  • Ringed Map Turtle: Graptemys oculifera
  • Yellow Blotched Map Turtle: Graptemys flavimaculata
  • Blacked-knobbed Map Turtle: Graptemys nigrinoda
  • Delta Map Turtle: Graptemys nigrinoda delticola
  • Ouachita Map Turtle: Graptemys ouachitensis
  • Sabine Map Turtle: Graptemys ouachitensis sabinensis
  • Alabama Map Turtle: Graptemys pulchra

Map turtles, though they may look similar to sliders and painted turtles, are very unique turtles in many aspects. The first is in the shell and body patterns. Most Map Turtles feature somewhat of “spines” coming out of the edge in portions of the carapace earning some of them the nickname “Sawbacks”. Another characteristic is the general “map” looking patterns distributed all around the body and scutes. Some Map’s also feature large head and jaws (or beaks as one may put it).

Overall Look

Map Turtles grow in a variety of sizes. Some are very small, which can be a plus in space matters, and others get at a decent large size. They have nice physical characteristics and are very beautiful-looking turtles.

Overall though, Map turtles can be very good pet turtles, though may be a small challenge for beginners (but not by a long shot). As a very very first beginner turtle, I recommend Not going with a Map Turtle. Try a hardier species such as a slider or a Painted Turtle. If you wish to get a Map Turtle, then just make sure what is expected for it to be kept healthy. Remember, this is just an overlook on the species itself, so the Map Turtle species specific may also have more requirements that you will need to make sure you know of.

Size Average of Subspecies:

  • False Map: Female: 4-10″ Males: 3-5″
  • Mississippi Map: Females: 5-10″ Males: 3-5″
  • Texas Map: Females: 3-5″ Males: 2-3″
  • Barbour’s Map: Females: 6-11″ Males: 4-5″
  • Common Map: Females: 6-11″ Males: 4-6″
  • Cagle’s Map: Females: 4-7″ Males: 2-4″
  • Escambia Map: Females: 8-11″ Males: 3-5″
  • Pascagoula Map: