Ouachita Map Turtle
This is a small- to medium-sized, semiaquatic turtle with a prominent ridge down the center of the upper shell, and bright yellow lines on the head and limbs. The upper shell is brown or olive, with connected yellow lines and circles. The rear edge of the upper shell is strongly serrated. The lower shell is plain yellow. The head and limbs are olive with numerous thin yellow lines. There is a wide yellow or orange-yellow marking behind each eye that extends, narrowing, on top of the head; there is also a large yellow spot below each eye.
Similar species: To identify our 3 map turtles, look at the yellow spots near the eye. Northern map turtles have only a small yellow spot behind each eye. False map turtles have a thick yellow line behind each eye that forms a backward L shape.