Common name: False Map Turtle
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Native Range: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas north along the Missouri, Mississippi, and Ohio river drainages to North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. Isolated populations occur in central Ohio and northern Indiana (Ernst et al., 1994; Conant and Collins, 1998).
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
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Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Graptemys pseudogeographica are found here.
Table last updated 12/2/2022
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Pet releases.
Status: Reported in Virginia.
Impact of Introduction: Negligible since the species is not established in Virginia (Mitchell, 1994; Ernst et al., 1997). Because G. pseudographica is omnivorous, eating mollusks, insects, crayfish, aquatic plants and more, an established population could influence the food web (Ernst et al., 1994).
References: (click for full references)
Conant, R. and J. T. Collins. 1998. A field guide to reptiles and amphibians. Eastern and Central North America. Third Edition, Expanded. Houghton and Mifflin Co. Boston.
Crother, B.I. (chair). Committee on Standard and English and Scientific Names. 2008. Scientific and standard English names of amphibians and reptiles of North America north of Mexico, with comments regarding confidence in our understanding. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles Herpetological Circular. No. 37. iii + 86p.
Ernst, C. H., J. E. Lovich, and R. W. Barbour. 1994. Turtles of the United States and Canada. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington and London.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 2009. FWC Exotics Database.
Mitchell, J. C. 1994. The reptiles of Virginia. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washingon, D. C.
Revision Date: 10/21/2019
McKercher, E., 2022, Graptemys pseudogeographica (Gray, 1831): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=1243, Revision Date: 10/21/2019, Access Date: 12/3/2022
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