Texas map turtle

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Texas map turtle
Graptemys versa.jpg
A Texas map turtle in an aquarium
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Emydidae
Subfamily: Deirochelyinae
Genus: Graptemys
Species: G. versa
Binomial name
Graptemys versa
Stejneger, 1925[1]
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Range map
  • Graptemys pseudogeographica versa Stejneger, 1925
  • Graptemys versa H.M. Smith, 1946
  • Malaclemys versa — McDowell, 1964[2]
  • Graptemys versa Conant, 1975[3]

The Texas map turtle (Graptemys versa) is a species of emydid turtle endemic to the southern United States. Texas map turtles are popular in the pet trade, but however they became more common because of captive breeding.

Geographic range[edit]

It is found in central Texas in the Colorado River drainage on the Edwards Plateau.


Graptemys versa is a smaller map turtle with females only attaining a carapace length of 12.5 cm (5 in).[3] Males are even smaller, only attaining a carapace length of 9 cm (3.5 in).[4] The keel on this map turtle is not black, and there is a J-shaped head marking.


They feed mainly on mollusks, insects, carrion, and vegetation.


  1. ^ database.reptarium.cz/species.php?genus=Graptemys&species=versa Graptemys versa, Reptile Database
  2. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology 57 (2): 190. Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Conant, R. 1975. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America, Second Edition Houghton Mifflin. Boston. xviii + 429 pp. + 48 plates. ISBN 0-395-19979-4 (hardcover), ISBN 0-395-19977-8 (paperback). (Graptemys versa, p. 58 + Plate 8 + Map 21.)
  4. ^ Smith, H.M., and E.D. Brodie, Jr. 1982. Reptiles of North America: A Guide to Field Identification. Golden Press. New York. 240 pp. ISBN 0-307-13666-3. (Graptemys versa, pp. 50-51.)

Further reading[edit]

  • Stejneger, L. 1925. New species and subspecies of American turtles. Journ. Washington Acad. Sci. 15 (20): 462-463. ("Graptemys pseudogeographica versa, new subspecies", p. 463.)

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