Herps of Illinois

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Ouachita Map Turtle

Graptemys ouachitensis

Illinois Natural History
Survey Range Map
Ouachita Map Turtles resemble False Map Turtles. They have a yellow blotch behind each eye, another yellow blotch below each eye and a similar yellow blotch below that spot on each mandible.

Ouachita Map Turtle, G. ouachitensis, left, and False Map Turtle, G. pseudogeographica, right, demonstrating the differences in head blotches between the two species. See the accounts for both False Map Turtle, G. pseudogeographica, and Map Turtle, G. geographica, for more detailed descriptions and photographs of these similar species.