The diet of the yellow-blotched map turtle mainly consists of snails and insects. The male and juvenile predominantly eat insects, while the female mainly consumes molluscs. The female will occasionally take insects as well (2).
The male yellow-blotched map turtle reaches maturity at three to four years old, whereas the female doesn’t reach maturity until eight to ten years of age (1). During courtship, the male yellow-blotched map turtle will extend its neck and move towards the female. The female will show interest by extending its neck towards the male in reply, after which the male will stretch its forelimbs and stroke the side of the female’s head with its claw (3). The reproductive season lasts between 80 and 87 days (2).
The female yellow-blotched map turtle is very sensitive to the presence of humans during nesting. Disturbances to the female during efforts to nest can delay the female for hours, sometimes resulting in a failed nesting attempt. Clutch size normally ranges from three to nine eggs (2). Sometimes the female may produce more then one clutch per year, though this is quite rare. Often, the female will skip a year or two between producing eggs (1). The eggs and hatchlings of the yellow-blotched map turtle are preyed on by fish crows (Corvus ossifragus), king snakes (Lampropeltis sp.), fire ants (Solenopsis sp.), and grey foxes (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) (2).
The majority of the day is spent basking and the yellow-blotched map turtle is quite difficult to approach, being wary of humans (2) (4).