Barbour's Map Turtle
Photo credit: Opencage
The Endangered Reptiles
The Turtles of Florida
Endangered or Threatened Florida Sea Turtles
Endangered or Threatened Florida Freshwater Turtles
The Barbour's Map Turtle
This beautiful, freshwater Turtle is listed
at IUCN as a
But in Florida it is listed only as
a Species of Special Concern.
Possession of this Turtle in the other two states
where it is found, Alabama and Georgia,
is not permitted, but in Florida sadly,
two may be legally captured.
In Florida, they live only in the
moving limestone rivers of the
Males range in size between 3-5 inches,
the females are about double that
The diet of the Map Turtle varies by
females because of their much larger
eat the larger mollusks, snails,
and the males eat the smaller
This species like other Turtles,
or Environmental Sex Determination,
meaning that the sex of their
is controlled by the temperature.
Preferring to sun themselves on logs
in the water,
as most turtles of this size do, the
Map Turtle is a recluse and will
if Humans or other trouble come
Places to learn more:
Map Turtle Status
University of Florida
Turtles and Aquatic Plants
and Global Climate Change
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