Male 2¾ " -
Female 4" - 5"
In the wild, they feed mostly on
snails, clams, worms, fish and vegetation
Low to mid 80's
High 80's to low 90's
Low to mid 70's
Shallow streams with moderate currents
Colorado River on the Edwards Plateau
of 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-medium size gravel.
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
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, aquatic plants,
fish, veggies, snails, crickets and assorted worms and insects.
Texas Map Turtles are great
turtles for a community habitat with Mud Turtles, Musk Turtles, Sliders, Cooters,
other Map Turtles and Painted Turtles.
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.