One of the most common requests we get at The turtle Source is to provide suggestions for turtles that stay small. I want to share a customer favorite - the Mississippi Map Turtle. These little guys make great first turtles and have personality galore.
They quickly learn to come for food, are friendly, active as seen in the video below and get along with most other species. We breed High Orange Mississippi Map Turtles which when available add lots of color to your tank.
Mississippi Maps are one of the smallest turtles, males usually stop growing between 4 - 5 inches, and females get about 2 inches larger. If you are looking for other turtles that stay small consider these options:
Map Turtles, Eastern Painted Turtles, Southern Painted Turtles, Western Painted Turtles, Midland Painted Turtles, Reeves Turtles, Stinkpot Musk Turtles and Three Striped Mud Turtles