The baby Mississippi map turtle has a beautiful road map type pattern and the under part of it’s shell. This is called the plastron. Each turtle has it’s own unique pattern making them easy to tell who is who if you have more then one. Like all baby turtles you will want to feed them two times a day for the first year.
The female map turtle grows to be around 6 to 8 inches in about a 7-year period. But the male only gets to be about 4 to 5 inches its whole life.
Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water anytime after handling your turtle or its habitat. Remember turtles with a carapace less than 4 inches are sold for scientific, educational or export purposes only.