Ouachita Map Turtle


This is a small- to medium-sized, semi-aquatic turtle with a prominent ridge down the center of the upper shell and bright yellow lines on the head and limbs. The upper shell is brown or olive, with connected, yellow lines and circles. The rear edge of the upper shell is strongly serrated. The lower shell is plain yellow. The head and limbs are olive with numerous thin, yellow lines. There is a wide, yellow or orange-yellow marking behind each eye and a large yellow spot below each eye.

Upper shells of adults range in length from 6 to 10 inches.
Habitat and conservation: 
This turtle lives in slow-moving rivers, sloughs, oxbow lakes and reservoirs.
The food of the Ouachita map turtle includes insects, worms, crayfish, snails, naiads, dead fish and aquatic plants.
Distribution in Missouri: 
Presumed to be scattered in rivers and streams throughout the Ozark region.