Male 3 ½”
Female 7" - 11 ½”
the wild, they feed upon insects, clams and snails.
Low to mid 80's
High 80's to low 90's
Low to mid 70's
or gravel-bottomed rivers, with fast moving currents
and Pearl River systems in Mississippi and Louisiana.
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
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
Stock Tanks and Rubbermaid containers
also work well. The same space recommendations remain the same.
In captivity, they do well on
ReptoMin, Reptile/Pond 10, Cichlid Sticks, snails,
crickets and assorted worms and insects.
Pascagoula Map Turtles
turtles for a community habitat with Mud Turtles, Musk Turtles, Sliders, Cooters,
other Map Turtles and Painted Turtles.
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.