As mentioned earlier, map turtles are endemic to North America.
They are aquatic turtles, and while they can spend time on land; most of their time is spent in the water. Map turtles do not live in salt water; they only live in freshwater environment such as ponds and rivers. They tend to prefer river systems with flowing water. Ideal map turtle environments contain lots of underwater plant matter that they can eat, as well as rocks and logs that they can rest on when heating themselves in the sunlight. Commonly referred to as basking.
Between November and April, map turtles will become dormant and spend most of their time in the water. They like to tuck themselves away during this time, hiding in places such as sunken logs or mud at the bottom of the water.