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Map Turtles are shy and should be kept in low-traffic areas and should not be handled too frequently. They require very clean water to remain healthy. The water temperature should be between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21 and 27 degrees Celsius). When startled they will suddenly dive off basking spots or deeper into the water, and may injure themselves. They should be housed in large aquariums or ponds with sandy bottoms, to help prevent shell damage.

The mating ritual differs between species of Map Turtle. Some species have long claws, which the males run against the cheeks of the female. When the female is receptive, the male mounts her and breeding commences. In other species that do not have the long claws, they instead exhibit other mating rituals. After mating, female Map Turtles lay several clutches of between 5 and 16 eggs. The exact number of eggs depends on the species of turtle. These eggs usually hatch after between 60 and 75 days. The gender of the offspring depend on the incubation temperature: if incubated above 30 degrees Celsius, they will be mostly females and if below 25 degrees, males will mostly result.

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