Pearl River Map Turtle - Graptemys pearlensis

Pearl_River_Map_Turtle

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.


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Subspecies: No subspecies recognized.

Description: 

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Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  Known only from the Pearl and Bogue Chitto Rivers in the extreme eastern Florida Parishes of Washington and St. Tammany.

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Global Conservation Status:  Pearl River Map Turtles are listed as Endangered by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G2G3 (Imperiled to Vulnerable).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Pearl River Map Turtles have a ranking of S3 (rare and local throughout the state – 21-100 known extant populations) in Louisiana.

*** If you live in the range of this species in Louisiana and believe you may have observed this species please let me know (take a picture if possible), as there may be more unknown populations in the state.***

Author's Remarks: I observed quite a few individuals of this species basking on logs in the Bogue Chitto River in Spring 2017.

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