Sabine Map Turtle - Graptemys sabinensis

Sabine 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.


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Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  In west-central Louisiana, in the Sabine, Mermentau, and Calcasieu Rivers, and associated tributaries.


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Global Conservation Status:  Sabine Map Turtles are not assessed by IUCN, but the Ouachita Map Turtle, of which Sabine Map Turtles were previously named, are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Sabine 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: In Louisiana, I have observed this species in and near Sam Houston Jones State Park in Calcasieu Parish. In 2018, we captured a few of these in a creek in Beauregard Parish. In 2019, we observed plenty in Bayou Lacassine. We saw even more in many places in 2020 while turtle trapping all over southwest Louisiana. I have also observed Sabine Map Turtles frequently in the Neches River and its tributaries near Beaumont, Texas.

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