Excerpt from Graptemys oculifera Species Profile
Description and Identification
Graptemys oculifera is among the smallest of the map turtles. Males will only reach 2.8″-4.3″ (7.2-10.9cm) SCL, mean 3.5″ (8.9cm), max 4.3″ (10.9cm), while females will typically reach about 5.1”-8.5″ (13-21.5cm) SCL, mean 6.2″ (15.6cm), max 8.6″ (22cm). The carapace is light to dark olive green. It is moderately keeled with spine-like projections on the first 4 vertebrals which become less pronounced with age and the posterior edge of the carapace is mildly serrated. The primary identifying feature is the series of well-defined yellow to orange rings, one on each …
The Ringed Map turtle is native to the Pearl River watershed of Mississippi and Louisiana. It occurs mainly in the Pearl River and its largest tributary, the Bogue Chitto River. It occasionally appears in some of the smaller tributaries.
The habitat of G. oculifera has moderate to fast currents and contains a multitude of basking logs, sandbars, and a wide channel to allow sunlight in for most of the day. The river bottom of their preferred habitat is composed …
I currently have a 2.1 group of Graptemys oculifera. I am hoping to get my first clutch of eggs from my female within the next couple years; at this time, I believe she is still to young/small to lay. I hope to be able to add to the group in the future, but that will be a stroke of good fortune, just as having these turtles gifted was. These three turtles are part of the AZA SSP for the species.
My group is personable, particularly in water. However, they do startle from basking with relative ease. Like many maps, they also enjoy rummaging through the sand and crushed coral substrate for food. They are fed approximately 3 times per week a diet centered around Mazuri. Supplemental foods include various greens, live feeder fish, other commercial pellets, and the occasional live snails and shrimp.
As a reminder, this is an ESA listed species, so no interstate commerce is legal. I don’t expect to make many babies available in the near future, as they are part of the SSP, but if I do they will be Pennsylvania sales only.