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½” - 5 ¾”
5" - 10 ¾”
In the wild, they feed on aquatic
plants, algae, insects, molluscks and fish.
Low to mid 80's
High 80's to low 90's
Low to mid 70's
Lakes, Ponds, large Rivers and drown
Mississippi River from St. Croiz,
Wisconsin and upper Mississippi River south through Louisiana and east 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
sabinensis 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
sabinensis, 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.
Sabine Map Turtles are great
turtles for a community habitat with Mud Turtles, Musk Turtles, Sliders, Cooters,
other Map Turtles and Painted Turtles.