Pascagoula Map Turtle

 

 

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Graptemys gibbonsi

ADULT SIZE

Male  3 - 5           Female  7" - 11

DIET

In the wild, they feed upon insects, clams and snails.

TEMPERATURE RANGE (F)

Air Temperature:  Low to mid 80's

Basking Temperature:  High 80's to low 90's

Water Temperature:  Low to mid 70's

HABITAT

Sand or gravel-bottomed rivers, with fast moving currents

DISTRIBUTION

Pascagoula and Pearl River systems in Mississippi and Louisiana.

BEGINNER TURTLE

Yes

CAPTIVE HABITAT

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 ENCLOSURE

Recommended size for a single adult Graptemys gibbonsi would be a 40 gallon aquarium as a minimum (55 or larger preferred) for males, and a 90 gallon aquarium as a minimum (100 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 gibbonsi, I would recommend adding 20 gallons of tank space for additional males and 50 gallons of tank space per additional female at a minimum.

Stock Tanks and Rubbermaid containers also work well. The same space recommendations remain the same.

CAPTIVE DIET

In captivity, they do well on Mazuri and ReptoMin, Reptile/Pond 10, Cichlid Sticks, snails, crickets and assorted worms and insects.

COMMUNITY HABITAT

Pascagoula Map Turtles are great turtles for a community habitat with Mud Turtles, Musk Turtles, Sliders, Cooters, other Map Turtles and Painted Turtles.

OTHER INFORMATION

They are not nearly as skittish as other species of map turtles, but some individuals can be. These map turtles are surprisingly resilient compared to other map turtles in their ability to withstand less than perfect water quality. Map turtles in general, however, are sensitive to water quality, so close attention to their water quality is needed.