Texas Map Turtle

 

 

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Graptemys versa

ADULT SIZE

Male  2 " - 3           Female  4" - 5"

DIET

In the wild, they feed mostly on snails, clams, worms, fish and vegetation

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

Shallow streams with moderate currents

DISTRIBUTION

Colorado River on the Edwards Plateau of central Texas

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 versa would be a 30 gallon aquarium as a minimum (40 or larger preferred). This will provide adequate swimming area, as well as assisting the filtration in maintaining good water quality. For additional Graptemys versa, 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, aquatic plants, fish, veggies, snails, crickets and assorted worms and insects.

COMMUNITY HABITAT

Texas 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 skittish for the most part, but some individuals can be quite sociable. Map turtles in general are sensitive to water quality, so close attention to their water quality is needed.