By day, the Pascagoula map turtle basks on logs and branches along the river and hunts for food. Growing much larger than males, females have strong jaws for crushing clams and snails. Being smaller, males and young turtles primarily eat insects. At night, the turtle takes cover underwater, clinging to branches just below the surface.
Did You Know?
Map turtles are named for the detailed map-like designs on their shells.