Field Guide to Maryland's Turtles (Order Testudines)
False Map Turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica)
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False Map Turtle by Peter Paplanus CC by 2.0
Size: 3 ½ inches - 11 inches
- The false map turtle has yellow spots behind its eyes, some neck stripes that reach the eyes, and conspicuous mid-dorsal spines. In contrast, the northern map turtle does not have spines thatare as conspicuous.
- The carapace (upper shell) is olive to brown and has spines running down the middle.
Traditionally found in rivers, lakes, ponds, and occasionally marshlands.
How to Find:
Distribution in Maryland:
Introduced species. Found in Frederick County.