Common Map Turtle
Photo by Suzanne L. Collins
Used by permission

Common Map Turtle
Graptemys geographica

Federal Status:

State Status:

  • Range: Kansas range map for Common Map Turtle
    Dark Blue = Counties with designated critical habitat
    Light Blue = Historical records
  • Comments: The word “common” in this map turtle’s name is a misnomer in Kansas. It is not common but rather is documented only in portions of the Neosho, Verdigris and Marais des Cygnes river drainages. The female has a large head with muscular jaws and a bony pad on the roof of her mouth for crushing mussel shells. The male has a smaller head and body. A small yellow spot behind the eye with a vertical light line between it and the eye separate this turtle from other Kansas map turtles. The common map turtle is shy and retiring and seldom seen.

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