The Yellow-blotched Map Turtle is a species of turtle with a beautifully patterned shell. It lives in the southern part of the United States of America. They are a threatened species due to humans who catch them to keep as pets, and because of habitat pollution.
Shell size: 18 cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
The Yellow-blotched Map Turtle lives in the rivers of the state of Mississippi, which is located in the southern part of the United States of America.
They eat insects and shellfish that live in the river. Sometimes they also eat vegetation growing in the water.
The Yellow-blotched Map Turtle lives most of its life in and around the river. They like it when the river water is clean.
Popular, but with the wrong people...
The Yellow-blotched Map Turtle is a relative to the map turtles that live in the state of Mississippi in the United States of America. Map turtles get their name from the contour line pattern (used to express elevation on maps) on their shell. The shell of the Yellow-blotched Map Turtle has thorns like a rose, and feature a rather unique shape which made them a popular pet. This popularity is why many of them were captured to be sold as pets, thus reducing their population.
Dirty river water threatens their existence!
Today, it is illegal to capture them for pets. However, this is not the only threat that faces them. The environment where they live, the river, has become polluted because of the factories and houses that were built in the area. Waste water is particularly damaging to the Yellow-blotched Map Turtle because it pollutes rivers. We need to return the river water to its original clean state in order to save the Yellow-blotched Map Turtle from extinction.
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