The lifespan of map turtles is not very long compared to other turtles. Many turtle species can live over a hundred years. American box turtles will as an example live 75 years or more. Map turtles tend to only live up to twenty-five years in the wild, and their life expectancy in captivity is lower. So while they make beautiful pets, they do not live long by the standards of a reptile.
Map turtles are overall not hospitable to being put into a strange environment. They are one of the harder turtle genera to care for as pets, and may not be a good choice for first time turtle owners. The difficulty in caring for them has kept them from being overly popular in the pet trade, despite their unique and beautiful shell designs.
Know that aquatic turtles do not like to be held or cuddled. Reptiles in general are not affectionate animals, but it is best that you do not pick up your map turtle at all unless you have to. If you do handle your map turtle, wash your hands thoroughly afterward. Aquatic turtles can sometimes spread things like salmonella. This is not too big of a danger so long as you use basic care techniques (such as washing your hands after handling) and a little common sense. Nut it is still a risk you should be aware of.
Having too little exposure to direct sunlight can negatively impact your map turtle’s health. Sunlight deprivation can cause problems with their shell and even fungal infections. If your map turtle is in an outdoor pond, make sure some of its basking areas have access to direct sunlight at any point during the day. If you keep your map turtle in an indoor tank, make sure you have a high quality lamp that simulates the sun’s rays. You may have to take your turtle outside occasionally if the lamp doesn’t seem to be doing enough.