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The ringed sawback turtle is small. Each shield of its upper shell (carapace) has a yellow ring bordered inside and outside with dark olive-brown: its undershell (plastron) is yellow. The head has a large yellow spot behind the eye, two yellow stripes from the orbit backwards, and a characteristic yellow stripe covering the whole lower jaw (Cagle 1953). Males grow to 1O centimeters (cm) and females to 18 cm in plastron length.

Scientific Name

Graptemys oculifera
Common Name
ringed sawback turtle
Ringed Map Turtle
Ringed Sawback
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