August 18, 2014

Edward Scissorhands brother.

Amazing claws on this map turtle we found today.
Evidently they are used in the mating process to stimulate the female.

Graptemys geographica

The female Northern Map Turtle has powerful jaws for crushing the shells of molluscs, its primary food source.

The Northern Map Turtle is extremely wary and will dive into the water at the slightest provocation.

Northern Map Turtles are known for their communal basking, and may be found piled up together in several layers of up to 30 turtles.
Map turtles will often bask at the surface of the water under floating vegetation mats with nothing but their head or nose visible from the surface. This behaviour puts map turtles at significant risk of mortality from motorboats.

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