The northern map turtle gets its name from the markings on its shell, which resemble contour lines on a map. Males largely eat insects and crayfish, while females have powerful jaws that they use to crush molluscs, clams and snails. Female turtles may take more than 10 years to reach maturity and can grow to nearly twice as long as males. Northern map turtles breed in the spring and fall, with a nesting period lasting from May to July.
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