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Ouachita map turtle

Graptemys ouachitensis


The Ouachita map turtle has such an interesting carapace - it has 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. There is also a wide yellow marking behind each eye.


Spotted on a log in the Arkansas River.

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Brian38 a year ago

Thanks so much Neil. I was lucky it didn't see me first. I go back to Arkansas to see family and take as much wildlife pictures as I can every year.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

What a beautiful fellow. I thought it was unusual to have them in the NW, but then I looked at your map. You certainly do get around. Cool spotting, Brian.

Brian38 a year ago

Thank you Tukup.

Tukup a year ago

Good catch Brian. Good notes too. Thanks.

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North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Spotted on Oct 3, 2019
Submitted on Dec 28, 2019

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