Painted wood turtle
|Painted wood turtle|
Painted wood turtles can grow to a maximum length of 20 cm. It has a dome-shaped carapace and the plastron has a continuous ventral line. It has red stripes on its body and it has webbed feet.
Painted wood turtles live in rainforests, shallow rivers and bushes. Although they are mostly terrestrial, they can occasionally be found in shallow water.
The painted wood turtle feeds on fruit, insects, and worms. Their diet should consist of 60% leafy greens, 30% protein, and 20% fruits and vegetables. Along with a varied diet, they require additional calcium to insure healthy shell growth. Unlike aquatic turtles, the painted wood turtle doesn't require water in order to swallow its food.
Painted wood turtles are oviparous. Females lay 3-5 eggs at a time. Eggs at low temperatures can be dormant early stages, and can sleep for some time at low temperatures, when the temperature returns to normal incubation can proceed.
Painted wood turtles can be kept as pets, and it has long been imported into the various parts of Asia, such as Japan , Taiwan and China. The nominate subspecies is the most common subspecies kept in captivity. They would eat commercial turtle food, and would also eat plant matter.
- Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima incisa - Honduras wood turtle - El Salvador , Guatemala , Nicaragua , Honduras and southern Mexico
- Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima pulcherrima - nominate race - southern Nicaragua, Costa Rica
- Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima manni - Central American wood turtle - Mexico, Guerrero and Oaxaca
- Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima rogerbarbouri - Mexican wood turtle - Mexican endemic subspecies
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