Animal Stories - Cagle's Map Turtle


Animal-World Information about: Cagle's Map Turtle

   The Cagle's Map Turtle from Southeastern Texas in the United States is one of the prettiest of the map turtles!
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nicole - 2009-04-16
Hi my name is nicole. My sister just got me a turtle and i think it is a cagles map turtle. It is a baby i know that. I just want to know how old it is? and how big a home i should get it?, how much water? and how to tell if it is male of female?. also how big it is going to get? Thank you.

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Anonymous - 2011-03-24
Hi I have two map turtles that I recently adopted and I am unaware of what type of map turtles they are. Also the male has something wrong with his shell, I have given him the necessary environment with a UVB bulb and a large quiet basking area but he seems to be making little progress with the recovery of his shells health. Any advice would be very appreciated.

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  • michaelmadsen - 2011-05-21
    They are fals map turtles and they are endangerd. I found one yesterday.
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Kari Shannon Hart - 2011-08-29
Examine the thickness and length of the tail. Male turtles often have fatter and longer tails than the female.[6][7]


Check out the bottom

Look at the bottom or underbelly of the turtles shell. If the plastron (bottom shell) is convex, goes out, it's probably a female. If its bottom shell is concave (rounded) or goes in toward the inside of the body, then the turtle is most likely a male. The reasoning behind this is that the females convex plastron provides more room for eggs, while the males concave plastron fits better over the females when mating.


Claws
Look at the turtles front or fore claws. Most male turtles have very long front claws.[11] Males use these claws in courtship. Note that the back claws are usually the same for both genders and that claw size doesn't hold for all species of turtles.

However, if a male is a late bloomer or has been kept in inadequate conditions, the claws may not be noticeably longer.


Check the turtles size.
Check the turtles size. If you have more than one turtle, you can compare the sizes. In most species, the female turtle is larger. But the difference is usually very small, and you need to keep in mind that there are size variations within a gender too, so only use this sign along with many others.

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maddy - 2010-04-18
What do they play with?

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maddy - 2010-04-18
I have one also.

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maddy - 2010-04-18
I have one of these too.

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jared - 2010-04-07
Hi I have three baby turtles I wanted to know how do I tell male from female and how deep they need the water?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-04-09
    You may have to wait until they are older and larger before being able to determine the gender of your turtles. However once they are adults, males do tend to be larger than females. Males tend to have their vent openings further from their bottom shells than females, and also have long, tapered tails.
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Carlos Rodas - 2008-09-17
I have one of these turtles.:)

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kieran - 2008-08-16
I've just purchased 2 map turtles, they're only babies and they seem very panicky when anyone goes near them. Is this normal? Also what should I be feeding them, as i've been told they need protein rather than vitamins at this stage? So I'm feeding them blood worm cubes, is this o.k?

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  • jared - 2010-04-07
    there are protein sticks at most walmarts with fish oil and all that good stuff. Thats what I feed mine:)
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