This endangered species is only found in Texas, north and east of the greater San Antonio area along the San Marcos, Guadalupe, and San Antonio rivers.
Lives in and around slow moving freshwater rivers and ponds. Can often be seen basking on exposed logs and rocks.
This small species of map turtle is sexually dimorphic. Straight carapace length in males is only 4 inches, while females measure 7 inches or more. The caudal edge of their carapace is serrated, and the central row of carapace scutes have raised peaks running down the middle of the turtle's back. Their skin is intricately patterned with yellow stripes on a dark grey background. Eyes are light yellow with a horizontal dark line through the center.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians