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There are twelve species of Map Turtles, those animals of the genus Graptemys, which can be found in the United States. There are great variations in habitat, diet, and appearance among these species. The majority of the animals known as "Map Turtles" are quite beautiful and rather shy.

An aquatic species, the Map Turtle can always be found in or near water. The only requirement is that the water be clean and clear. The exact water habitat varies greatly: different species of Map Turtles can be found in ponds, lakes, rivers, and swamps. While some species prefer slow moving water with lots of vegetation, other species can be found in water that flows quite quickly. Most Map Turtles prefer their water source to have a bed of sand or clay, primarily for burrowing, although Map Turtles can live in water floored with mud, gravel, or limestone. When not swimming, Map Turtles spend their time basking in the sun. Map Turtle's diets depend greatly on the species of turtle. Various species have different physical characteristics that make it able to feed on things other species could not handle. For example, some species have larger jaws than others do, that enable them to eat snails and mollusks. Regardless of the species, most Map Turtles will feed on insects, worms, those plants that can be found in the water, crayfish, fish, and carrion, if it's available. Map Turtles are very shy animals, likely one of the most timid turtles found in the water of North America. While they enjoy basking in the sun, they will retreat into the water at the first suggestion of danger. This timidity makes it somewhat difficult for humans to observe Map Turtles. They generally bask on spots surrounded by water, like a rock or floating log.

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