One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small North American freshwater turtle with bold patterns on the shell and head.
Genus Graptemys, family Emydidae: several species, in particular G. geographica
- ‘Although they superficially resemble sliders and painted turtles, Map turtles have a number of unique features that set them apart from other semi-aquatic turtles found in the same area.’
- ‘Optimum habitat for the Map Turtle includes large creeks with slow to moderate currents, complete with pools and riffles, a soft to gravel bottom, and aquatic vegetation.’
- ‘It's Thursday afternoon, and a young girl has brought in a baby Mississippi map turtle (called Mr Turtle), who is suffering from a loss of appetite and is less lively than normal.’
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