Appearance Summary: Graptemys gibbonsi is a medium-sized turtle with a carapace that is olive to brown in color and has a pattern of yellow lines radiating from the center of each scute. It has a yellowish-brown plastron with a dark blotch in the center of each scute. Its head is olive to brown with yellow stripes on the cheeks and a yellow line running from the eye to the jaw. It has a long neck and a large, hooked upper jaw. Its feet are webbed and its tail is long and slender.
Facial description: Graptemys gibbonsi has a distinct facial pattern with a yellowish-brown to olive-green carapace and a yellowish-brown to olive-green plastron. Its head has a yellowish-brown to olive-green coloration with a dark brown to black line running from the eye to the neck. Its eyes are large and round, and its snout is short and pointed. It has a single pair of barbels on its chin.
What are the distinct features of Pascagoula Map Turtle? Shell patterned with yellow and olive green, yellow stripes on head and neck, olive green stripes on back, yellow spots on sides, olive green spots on head and neck, yellow and olive green stripes on tail, aquatic, omnivorous, basks in the sun, hibernates in winter, vocalizes with a low-pitched growl, aggressive when threatened, territorial, migrates to find food, prefers slow-moving water, prefers shallow water, prefers warm water, prefers clear water, prefers vegetation for cover
What makes them unique?
Pascagoula Map Turtle body color description: Olive green, yellow, and brown.
skin type: The exterior of Graptemys gibbonsi is smooth and glossy, with a pattern of yellow and olive-green stripes running along its carapace. Its skin is leathery and pliable, with a slightly bumpy texture.
Strengths: Camouflage, Ability to Withstand Low Oxygen Levels, Ability to Withstand High Temperatures, Ability to Withstand Low Temperatures, Ability to Withstand High Salinity Levels, Ability to Withstand Low Salinity Levels
Weaknesses: Poor dispersal ability, Low reproductive rate, Limited habitat range, Susceptible to environmental changes, Susceptible to predation, Susceptible to disease