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How to Care for Your Black Breasted Leaf Turtle

How to Care for Your Black Breasted Leaf Turtle

Black breasted leaf turtles (Geoemyda spengleri) are small, terrestrial, diurnal reptiles native to northern Vietnam and southeastern China. They prefer high elevation wet forest habitats close to freshwater creeks and wetlands. Black breasted leaf turtles are generally just 3-4.5” long,...

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How to Care for Your Yellow-Bellied Slider

How to Care for Your Yellow-Bellied Slider

Yellow-bellied sliders (Trachemys scripta scripta) are large, semi-aquatic, diurnal reptiles native to the southern United States. They can be found in ponds, lakes, swamps, and slow-flowing rivers, spending most of their lives in the water. Yellow-bellied sliders generally grow up...

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How to Care for Your Wood Turtle

How to Care for Your Wood Turtle

Wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) are medium-sized, semi-aquatic, diurnal reptiles distributed unevenly throughout eastern Canada and the northeastern quadrant of the United States. They prefer riparian habitats where they spend time both on land and in the water. Wood turtles are...

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How to Care for Your Three-Toed Box Turtle

How to Care for Your Three-Toed Box Turtle

Three-toed box turtles (Terrapene carolina triunguis) are small to medium-sized, terrestrial turtles native to the central United States. They generally prefer moist woodlands for habitat, although they can sometimes be found in hardwood swamps. They like having access to plenty...

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How to Care for Your Spotted Turtle

How to Care for Your Spotted Turtle

The spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata) is a small, semi-aquatic reptile found along the eastern coast of the United States, as well as most of the Great Lakes area. They prefer quiet, slow-flowering bodies of water with plenty of vegetation, including...

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How to Care for Your Reeve’s Turtle

How to Care for Your Reeve’s Turtle

Reeve’s Turtles (Mauremys reevesii) are medium-sized, semi-aquatic, diurnal reptiles native to east Asia. Like most freshwater turtles, they prefer habitats that feature bodies of slow-moving or still water with a soft bottom, basking opportunities, and plenty of aquatic vegetation. Hatchling...

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How to Care for Your Red-Eared Slider

How to Care for Your Red-Eared Slider

Red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) are large, semi-aquatic, diurnal reptiles native to much of North America. They are one of the most common turtles on the continent, as well as prolifically invasive in many parts of the world, where they...

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How to Care for Your Painted Turtle

How to Care for Your Painted Turtle

Painted turtles (Chrysemys picta) are medium-sized, semi-aquatic, diurnal reptiles native to much of North America. They are one of the most common turtles on the continent, and can be found in just about any slow-moving or still body of freshwater...

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How to Care for Your Ornate Box Turtle

How to Care for Your Ornate Box Turtle

Ornate box turtles (Terrapene ornata ornata) are small to medium-sized, terrestrial turtles native to the American Midwest. They generally prefer plains, prairies, and open woodlands for habitat, often with sandy soil. Ornate box turtles are generally 4-6” long, and despite...

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How to Care for Your Mud Turtle

How to Care for Your Mud Turtle

The mud turtle (Kinosternon sp.) is a small, semi-aquatic reptile that is quite widespread. Populations can be found in the southeastern US, Mexica, Central America, and the northern half of South America. They prefer shallow, stagnant bodies of fresh water...

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How to Care for Your Musk Turtle

How to Care for Your Musk Turtle

The musk turtle (Sternotherus odoratus) is also known as the stinkpot turtle. They are a small, aquatic, nocturnal reptile with populations throughout the eastern United States. They naturally occur in the shallows of freshwater ponds, lakes, swamps, and other slow-flowing...

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How to Care for Your Common Map Turtle

How to Care for Your Common Map Turtle

The common map turtle (Graptemys geographica) is a medium-large, semi-aquatic, diurnal reptile native to the northeastern quadrant of the United States. They prefer large bodies of water such as rivers, ponds, and lakes, with plenty of available basking sites. Common...

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