Northern Map Turtle

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.

We combine physical characterics and behavior patterns with location and seasonal aspects to identify species.

Where & When to Spot?

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

With each photo, we store date and geo-location providing us data about location and season of observation. We also use a tracking utility to save observations in the field when there was no opportunity to take a good shot.

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Common Names

Landkarten-Höckerschildkröte [de]
Northern Map Turtle [en]
Tortuga mapa del norte [es]
Tortue géographique [fr]

Source: Wikipedia

Scientific Name

Graptemys geographica


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Similar Species

Painted Turtle