3.5" - 5"
7" - 13"
Females feed upon mussels
and snails, whereas Males eat smaller snails, insects, fish and crayfish.
Low to mid 80's
High 80's to low 90's
to mid 70's
Streams and ponds
Panhandle and Georgia
These are aggressive baskers, so a
basking spot is required. UVB lighting is needed as well as a heat lamp over the
basking spot. A submersible heater is recommended if the water temps fall below
the recommendation. They are excellent swimmers and their captive habitat should
have a water depth as deep as possible. Substrate should be anywhere from a sand
to a fine-to-medium size gravel.
Recommended size for a single adult
Graptemys barbouri would be a 40 gallon aquarium as a minimum (55 or larger
preferred) for males, and a 100 gallon aquarium as a minimum (125 or larger
preferred) for large females. This will provide adequate swimming area, as well
as assisting the filtration in maintaining good water quality. For additional
Graptemys barbouri, I would recommend adding 20 gallons of tank space for
additional males and 50 gallons of tank space per additional female at a
Stock Tanks and Rubbermaid containers
also work well. The same space recommendations remain the same.
In captivity, they do well on
Mazuri, ReptoMin, Reptile/Pond 10, Cichlid Sticks, aquatic plants, fish, veggies,
snails, crickets, crayfish and assorted worms and insects.
Barbour's Map Turtle is a great
turtle for a community habitat with Mud Turtles, Musk Turtles, Sliders, Cooters,
other Map Turtles and Painted Turtles.
They are not as skittish as
other species of map turtles, but some individuals can be. Map turtles in
general are sensitive to water quality, so close attention to their water
quality is needed.