ouachita map turtle

Scientific name Graptemys ouachitensis
Descriptor Cagle
Year of description 1953
IUCN category LC
Family Emydidae
Genus Graptemys
Graptemys ouachitensis Graptemys ouachitensis


Graptemys ouachitensis, commonly known as ouachita map turtle, is a fresh water reptile from the North America.

Who is it?


  • Female size
    25 - 28 cm
  • Male size
    17 - 18 cm
  • Motif
  • Mimicry
  • Longevity
    30 year
  • Female size
    25 - 28 cm
  • Male size
    17 - 18 cm
  • Motif
  • Mimicry
  • Longevity
    30 year

How to recognize the ouachita map turtle ?

The ouachita map turtle measures between 17 and 18 cm. This reptile is tricolore with a predominantly jaune, orange and marron body. The also has jaune and orange multiple.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • Sociability
    living in colonies
  • Way of living
  • Venomous
  • Diet
    not specified

The ouachita map turtle is a reptile living in colonies naturally found in the vegetation. The members of each group are organized around a well established hierarchy. This species is carnivorous .

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. However, the ouachita map turtle has little concern for non-territorial animals.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui enfouit ses œufs
  • Clutch size
    6 - 18 eggs

The ouachita map turtle is a reptile ovipare qui enfouit ses œufs.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    5 - 30 °C
  • Flow
    Strong, Medium and Slow

Biotope presentation

The acidification of water comes from the decomposition of plants. This phenomenon changes the color of the water, which tends to turn brown. In some areas particularly rich in organic matter, the water is so dark that it is called "black water".

The ouachita map turtle is most often found at a depth between 1m and 5m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

The ouachita map turtle prefers well oxygenated waters in current areas and rapids. It frequents fast flowing waters where the bottom is strewn with pebbles, wood or leaves carried by the current. It can be found not far from waterfalls and in mossy areas nearby.

This animal evolves in areas characterized by a strong presence of vegetation (aquatic and marsh plants, decaying organic matter, roots...).

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