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Northern Map Turtle Graptemys geographica

Northern Map Turtle Graptemys geographica

Testudines > Testudines > Emydidae

Names in different Languages

EnglishNorthern Map Turtle
FrenchTortue géographique
SpanishTortuga mapa del norte


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 When to Spot

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



2021-05-19Parc Angrignon
2017-04-29Parc des Rapides