Male 3" - 4"
In the wild, they feed largely on snails
Low to mid 80's
Basking Temperature: High 80's to low 90's
Low to mid 70's
Slow moving rivers with both sand and
Pascagoula River system in Mississippi
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 flavimaculata 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 flavimaculata, 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, snails,
crickets and assorted worms and insects.
Graptemys flavimaculata are a great
turtle for a community habitat with Sliders, Cooters,
other Map Turtles and Painted Turtles.
Currently a protected species.