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honduras painted wood turtle and central american ornate wood turtles

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  1. Hutsie B

    Hutsie B Active Member 5 Year Member

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    I have 4 Central American Ornate Wood turtle juveniles and hatchlings and one Honduras Painted Wood turtle or Mexican Red turlte. How many of you are out there that also have these species? I am enjoying them quite a bit, but can't get them to eat a variety of food. They all are sort of stuck on the one thing they eat. Luckily it is healthy Mazuri diets that they like, so getting a variety isn't as needful soon. I am waiting for them to eat more and then add more variety. I do want to know what any of you feed yours. thanks,
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    mine eat , grape leaves ,rose of Sharon leaves , dandelions , romaine , banana's , dog food , mice , strawberries , blueberries , apples , worms , sweet potatoes , they'll eat just about anything , their pen outside is devoid of green in the summer ...... yours may need to be a little hungrier to try something else ......
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    Hutsie B Active Member 5 Year Member

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    thanks you guys, I will introduce some of those foods. They are definitely good eaters.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    How about some pictures of the kids. I love looking at other members' turtles and tortoises.
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    Hutsie B Active Member 5 Year Member

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    I will get my husband help me get some since I am technically challenged!
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    Did you get those pictures? I have a central American painted turtle
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    I breed Hondurans and Ornates. Even as hatchlings, I've had no problems getting them to eat greens and various fruit. Try some small earthworms as well. That seems to be their favourite food by far, adult or babies!
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    Can you say the Latin name?
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    Hutsie B Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Do you feed on land or water? Mine were started in water and seem to prefer that now even though I have tried land.
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    Hutsie B Active Member 5 Year Member

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    here is a photo of one of my babies, he is about 8 months old. untitled (4 of 5)-2.jpg
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    Your little guy is beautiful, but looks a bit dry. Keep in mind they would never be found very far from water in the wild. They need a place to get in the water and submerge as much as they want. I actually like areas that are up to 1/2 water as an enclosure. They also need a substantial amount of humidity. A damp substrate is needed as well as they normally will bury in a nice moist location and hide, waiting for insects to come by. They younger they are, the more they tend to prefer water.

    Their favorite food items are insects and worms. They are true omnivores and need the added protein of worms and insects in the diet. They are also fun to feed as they go crazy chasing and eating them. Giant mealworms and dubia roaches are great choices. I throw Mazuri pellets in with the mealworms to let them eat and gutload with more clacium. Your turtles will be much more heathy and active if you add plenty of insects to the diet.
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    I really like the Central American Wood turtles. I've been looking for a hatchling for a long time with no luck though.
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    Hutsie B Active Member 5 Year Member

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    oddly enough he h
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    Hutsie B Active Member 5 Year Member

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    oddly enough he had just come out of his water pool. I will keep sure that they all stay moist enough. thanks.
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    We actually produce quite a few of these. This species we keep fully aquatic from neonate to about a year to a year and half old until we introduce substrates to them. We somewhat treat them like terrepene (box turtles) species. Feed primarily mazuri aquatic turtle diet pellets, smelt, dried worms, red wigglers, and will throw in some dandelion, cut cactus in the water and they will consume all of it. Most the times these won’t consume leafy greens, or veggies until they’re much larger and older. Usually by that time they have graduated to become more terrestrial of a turtle. Which is quite common in souther Mexico through Panamana which is the territory these inhabit. They don’t have a winter or summer, they have a wet and dry season. When the young hatch it’s towards the beginning of the wet season. By the time the dry season comes (5-6 months) they have grown an incredible amount. Rains can be brutal in the sloping terrain of Central America. So most times these bad boys are found in streams, or small pools from being swept off the hills in the jungle from massive heavy rains. Anyways I’m blabbing.

    The top is a rhinnocleys pulcherima manni (Honduran wood)

    The bottom turtle is a rhinnoclemmys areolata(furrowed wood turtle) same treatment different species from different areas.
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    We do the same for rhinnoclemmys pulcherima pulcherima. Aquatic as young and offer more of terrestrial approach when adult. They love dandelions.
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    Hutsie B Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Your turtles are beautiful and thanks for the input that is really helpful. Mine are about6-10 months old and they have a choice now to go on land or water. THey enjoy both, but feed in the water.
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    Hutsie B Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Do you feed them in water or on land? mine are not fond of eating on land, they prefer water I am trying to change them over to land. How do you do it?
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    Hutsie B Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Do you sell your juveniles or older mannis? I am interested in finding more.
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