Mississippi Map Turtles are relatively small to medium sized, this depends on the gender. They can be found in the river systems of Mississippi and Missouri.
Mississippi Map Turtles are medium sized, males grow between 7.5-10cm (3-4 inch) whereas females are larger reaching sizes of 10-19cm (4-7.5 inch). Their shell is a grey/brown colour with light patterning. The turtles body is light grey with stripes of cream/yellow.
Like it's name suggests, Mississippi Map Turtles are mainly found in river systems of Mississippi and Missouri. They spend much time in the water feeding, although come to land or climb onto an item floating in the water to bask in the sun.
To house an adult Mississippi Map Turtle a minimum tank of 3ft will be required, a 4-5ft tank for an adult pair. Half of the tank needs to be fill with water heated to 26-28C (78.8-82.4F). Provide two land areas, one with a basking area with a temperature of 30C (86F). Use a 5% UV light and provide a 12-14 hour cycle of day light. An aquarium filter will also be required, turtles can be messy.
Mississippi Map Turtles we feed on a range of foods including frozen blood worm, live insects, snails, fresh water fish, earthworms, Canadian pond weed and broad leaf water cress. Aquatic turtle diets are also available.
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