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Northern Map Turtle - Graptemys geographica

An aquatic turtle endemic to Montreal although not very frequent. Loves to warm up on stones reaching out of the water surface.

Common Names

  • Northern Map Turtle (en)
  • Tortuga mapa del norte (es)
  • Tortue géographique (fr)
  • Landkarten-Höckerschildkröte (de)


  • Testudines
  • Emydidae
  • Graptemys geographica

Where & When to Spot

I saw this turtle species only once in Rapids Park Lachine at a spot which is usually occupied by Painted Turtles.

How to Identify

Tricky to identify as this species looks very similar to the Painted Turtle. The lack of red color on skin and along the border of the carapace is a hint. The turtle shows clearly viewable light markings on skin.


Northern Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica)

Northern Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2017-04-29

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 320;

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