False Map Turtle Natural History
The males of this turtle have a shell length of around 5 inches while the females can be up to 10 inches long.
Habitat and Distribution
These turtles can be found along the length of the Mississippi river and its tributaries. In the wild it seems to prefer water bodies with fairly strong currents and it is rare to find them in still areas such as ponds and small lakes.
The average lifespan of these turtles may be up to 40 to 50 years.
The diet of an adult turtle is generally vegetarian however the younger ones will often eat a diet richer in protein to aid their growth. Such meals may consist of aquatic insects, frog spawn and fish.
Groups and Breeding
When enticing a female to mate with him, the males will flutter their long claws in the face of a female while under the water. if the female is receptive she will sink to the bottom of the water where he will mate with her. Females will lay between 5 and 20 eggs which are generally laid fairly near the edge of the water body their live in but out of reach of rising water levels. Eggs generally hatch after 50 to 70 days.
These animals are not threatened in the wild due to common numbers and a high success rate in terms of breeding and hatching.
Many pet shops sell turtles of many species as good pets, however most will outgrow the space an average household is able to provide for them. Our turtle collection is made up of just some of the many turtles which are abandoned as a result of this trade.
The False Map Turtle During Your Day Out in Kent
The false map turtles at Wingham Wildlife Park live on the large lake situated in front of the lions, jaguars and pumas. They have free access to the majority of this lake and the banks surrounding it. They may be seen basking in the sun on land when the weather is warmer or alternatively swimming in the lake which they share with carp, ducks, geese, a black swan, storks and several other turtle species such as yellow bellied sliders and common snapping turtles.