Northern Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica)

An aquatic turtle endemic to Montreal although not very frequent. Loves to warm up on stones reaching out of the water surface.

How To Identify

Tricky to identify as this species looks very similar to the Painted Turtle. The lack of red color on skin and along the border of the carapace is a hint. The turtle shows clearly viewable light markings on skin.

Where and When to Spot

I saw this turtle species only once in Rapids Park Lachine at a spot which is usually occupied by Painted Turtles.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 320

Taxonomy

Testudines
Emydidae
Graptemys geographica