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Wood Turtle

Clemmys insculpta

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North American Wood Turtles are diurnal and generally very docile in nature. A proper environment is required for Wood Turtles in order to make them good pets.

   
Natural Location: North America
Estimated Size: 7" to 8"
 

Feeding & Water

Wood turtles tend to eat just about anything that is edible. In the wild they have been observed to eat almost anything that will fit in their mouth. Given a choice they seem to prefer worms, beetles and other insects as well as fish. In terms of plant life they tend to prefer berries such as strawberries and raspberries.

 

Temperature, Lighting & Humidity

An air temperature gradient of 70 degrees F to 80 degrees F for your wood turtle seems to work well. The water should be slightly cooler; between 60 degrees F and 70 degrees F.

 

Housing

In the wild Wood Turtles rarely leave an area of water. They prefer the cooler water in the shade. Adults should have an area of water that is approximately 2 feet deep. About half the area of the enclosure should be land with the remaining being water.

Wood Turtles in general should be housed outside. Juveniles and near-adults can be housed indoors, but ultimately will need to be moved outside.

 
 


         
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