Painted Wood Turtle

Rhinoclemmys pulcherrimaSouth American Painted Wood Turtle

Description: Painted wood turtles are vibrantly-pattered turtles having shells that resemble fine finished wood. Their faces are adorned with thin red lines, and their legs, tail, and bottom and sides of their shell are heavily marked with red and black. Their shell is moderately elongated in shape. The length of a male painted wood turtle’s shell can reach up to 8 inches, and females can reach about two inches longer.

Range: Found in Mexico (from Sonora southwards) and Central America, up to Costa Rica.

Habitat: Painted wood turtles typically make their home in damp woodlands and scrublands. They usually are found near water and during dry weather will wade and swim in water. They are terrestrial rather than aquatic, meaning they spend most of their time on land instead of the water.

Reproduction: After mating, a female will lay a clutch of 4 eggs. They prefer to lay the eggs in a moist, protected area.

Diet:
Wild: These turtles are omnivorous, meaning they feed on both plants and animals. They eat wildflowers, fruit, grasses, fish, worms, and insects.
Zoo: Lettuce, fruit, other greens, and pelleted turtle food.

Fun Fact: Painted wood turtles have been known to live for as much as 30 years in captivity.