Photo from Turtles of the World
½” – 5”
– 11 ½”
Strongly carnivorous, they eat snails, fish, insects
Low to mid 80's
Basking Temperature: High 80's to low 90's
Low to mid 70's
Makes its home in large, swift creeks and rivers, as
well as some shallow streams.
Found is the Mobile Bay drainage system in Alabama,
Georgia and possibly Mississippi. Some have also been found in the Alabama,
Cahaba, Tombigbee, Coosa and Black Warrior Rivers.
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
pulchra would be a
30 gallon aquarium as a minimum (40
or larger preferred) for males, and a 75 gallon aquarium as a minimum (90
or larger preferred) for females. This will provide adequate swimming area, as well as
assisting the filtration in maintaining good water quality. For additional
pulchra, 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.
In captivity, they do well on
Mazuri and ReptoMin, Reptile/Pond 10, Cichlid Sticks, snails,
crickets and assorted worms and insects.
pulchra is a great
turtle for a community habitat with Sliders, Cooters,
other Map Turtles and Painted Turtles.