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Herps of Illinois

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Common Map Turtle

Graptemys geographica

Illinois Natural History
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Common Map Turtles have a yellow spot behind each eye. They differ from False Map Turtles and Ouachita Map Turtles by having a wide head, a low keel on the carapace and an immaculate yellow plastron
Common Map Turtle juvenile. Note the egg tooth below the nostrils.The umbilicus is still visible on this recently hatched Common Map Turtle.