2.5" - 4"
4" - 6.5"
the wild, Females
eat snails and insects, while Males eat insects.
Low to mid 80's
Basking Temperature: High 80's to low 90's
Low to mid 70's
or mud bottomed ponds and river drainages.
and San Antonio river drainages in south-central Texas.
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-large size gravel. Abundant vegetation, either artificial or real,
Recommended size for a single adult Graptemys
cageli would be a 30 gallon aquarium as a minimum (40
or larger preferred) for males, and a 40 gallon aquarium as a minimum (55
or larger preferred) for females. This will provide adequate swimming area, as well as
assisting the filtration in maintaining good water quality. For additional Graptemys
cageli, I would recommend adding
20 gallons of tank
space per additional turtle at a minimum.
Stock Tanks and Rubbermaid containers
also work well. The same space recommendations remain the same.
In captivity, they do well on
Mazuri and ReptoMin, Reptile/Pond 10, Cichlid Sticks, snails,
crickets and assorted worms and insects. I have also witnessed Graptemys
cageli taking bites of leafy, green vegetables.
Cagle's Map Turtle is a great
turtle for a community habitat with Sliders, Cooters,
other Map Turtles and Painted Turtles.
Cagle's Map Turtles are the smallest of
the map turtles. Like all map turtles, they are sensitive to water quality, but
I have found that Cagle's Map Turtles are less sensitive than most other species
of maps, although they are still more sensitive than other species that are
At present, Cagle's Map Turtles are
illegal for sale in the state of Texas.