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Mississippi map turtle
- Graptemys pseudogeographica kohni

The Mississippi map turtle it is a popular pet among aquarists and is very pleasant to watch.
Mississippi map turtle
Mississippi map turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica kohni) – Peter PaplanusFlickr


Origin / Distribution

The Mississippi map turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica kohni) found along the Mississippi River and its tributaries, from Illinois and Missouri south.

Characteristics / Appearance

In the Mississippi map turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica kohnii), two prominent lines also run from the neck towards the eye and bend there, but then they go much further and enclose the eye in the shape of a crescent or a sickle. The circular markings on the head are relatively small and occur almost exclusively on the chin. Neck stripes do not touch the eye, because there is already the drawing in the shape of a sickle around. The iris is white and only rarely has a dark line. The beak is colorless to whitish.. Leg and neck lines are evenly thick, with lighter and darker lines.

Threats to the species

State of conservation ⓘ

Status Minor Concern ⓘ (UICN)ⓘ

This species faces several threats, such as destruction of egg nests by animals and insects, falling into gillnets and shooting. The Mississippi map turtle, like the Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), have also been collected for the pet trade.

All Map turtles are included in CITES Appendix III and in Appendix C of the EU Species Protection Regulation. But, they do not need any documents when trading within the EU and are not subject to declaration.

The "Mississippi map turtle" in captivity


The Mississippi map turtle can reach a maximum size of about 20 cm in the aquarium. Females grow considerably larger than males. For the maintenance and care of aquatic turtles, A tank with a minimum length of 150 cm.. It is important that the water level is very high. In this way, your turtles will be able to swim wonderfully in it. In addition to the water level, a part of soil must also be integrated into the aquarium. can be plastic, stone or cork. Your turtles can sit on it and sunbathe. It is recommended to use sand or fine gravel as a substrate in the aquarium. It also, must offer your Mississippi map turtle roots or stone structures. These decorations provide good structure in the tank and create a natural habitat..

The Mississippi map turtle is a solitary animal. This will not change in the aquarium. Animals should ideally be kept individually.

The Mississippi map turtle optimally adapts to the values ​​of the water in the tank. They feel comfortable in waters with temperatures between 25 and 28 degrees centigrade and a pH value between 6,0 and 8,0. During the winter months, the water turtle hibernates. During this time, the water temperature should be reduced to 4 – 12 Celsius degrees. “On land, the temperature should be about 40 degrees Celsius. A metal halide lamp can be very useful in this case.


Mississippi Humpback Turtles Prefer a Varied Diet. It can be live food, frozen, dry the vegetable.

Reproduction of the Mississippi map turtle in the aquarium

The Mississippi map turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica kohni) has already been successfully bred in the aquarium. Plastic boxes are recommended as egg laying sites.

Buy one "Mississippi map turtle"

The price of a "Mississippi map turtle" at the exotic animal market, ranges between 30 – 70 EUR

Videos "Mississippi map turtle"

Alternative names:

    1. Mississippi map turtle (English).
    2. Tortue géographique du Mississippi (French).
    3. Mississippi-Höckerschildkröte (German).
    4. Tartaruga do mapa do Mississippi (Portuguese).
    5. "Tortuga Mapa del Mississipi" (español).
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