Map Turtles are so-named because of the fine wavy black lines that make their carapaces appear somewhat map-like. They are among the most distinctive of the world’s turtles, both in terms of appearance and lifestyle. Several, including the Mississippi Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica) were pet trade staples in the 1970’s, and remain popular. Rarer species, such as the beautiful Ringed Map Turtle (G. oculifera), are highly-prized by collectors. While many Map Turtles make hardy, long-lived pets, most are somewhat shy and have specific dietary needs which much be researched carefully.