I desperately need to find out what turtle this is

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I need help with identification on this turtle. Some people say it is land some say it is aquatic. It is an inherited turtle with not the best care. I also need to know how to help his shell (it is peeling). Please help.C380FA62-1440-4EA5-8C0F-A38795F73445.jpeg66F66198-2684-49B9-935C-E8D6F3DAEC32.jpeg
 

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I think this is the spot legged wood turtle, Rhinoclemmys punctularia.

The species is semi-terrestrial. They should have something like a terrarium with maybe 2/3 land and 1/3 water.

Google the species for more care information.
 

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I think this is the spot legged wood turtle, Rhinoclemmys punctularia.

The species is semi-terrestrial. They should have something like a terrarium with maybe 2/3 land and 1/3 water.

Google the species for more care information.
Thank you so much for the reply. how can I help his shell? I appreciate your response
 

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Good care, good diet, and proper UV light. I would not mess with the shell otherwise, because I see no obvious sign of infection and picking at it will create bigger problems. It looks mostly to be shedding that just hasn’t released properly. It will get better over time.
 

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Good care, good diet, and proper UV light. I would not mess with the shell otherwise, because I see no obvious sign of infection and picking at it will create bigger problems. It looks mostly to be shedding that just hasn’t released properly. It will get better over time.
Thanks. Do you think it is a wood turtle as well.
 

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I inherited a turtle. It is a. Spot-legged wood turtle I think. what kind of enclosure will I need.0DFB27A9-C408-4E66-BE6A-881A7CAC161C.jpeg
 

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I have gotten some more pictures. I do not know the proper way of caring for him. I have the main stuff but I need to make an enclosure. ThanksB8C08223-29A3-4FB5-A076-3057AA6BE41D.jpeg19BFCBF1-90A0-4337-BDFB-0A7DF9791595.jpegE9B060C9-B213-4387-9451-32793A7181A6.jpeg
 

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I inherited this turtle. The shell is in bad shape but healthy. Does anyone know what type of turtle this is? I don’t know how to properly care for it. Thanks
 

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I am writing again because I have had some people tell me it is a land turtle and some say it is A land turtle. I keep getting different answers and I wanted some opinions of people that have the knowledge to help. I wanted to see what some of you thought.
 

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I am writing again because I have had some people tell me it is a land turtle and some say it is A land turtle. I keep getting different answers and I wanted some opinions of people that have the knowledge to help. I wanted to see what some of you thought.
Welcome to TFO. 🤗There's a lot of people here that have decades of experience. I'm not one of them but this much I do know. Land turtles and tortoises need at the least some time in a basking dish or a soak that they can't get out of. You do have to make sure it's not so deep that they drown. Also some land turtles do swim. Their shells need moisture from water to make it not brittle. Water turtles need some time to dry out because the shell will become too soft if they won't come out of the water. So the advice I've seen here to you is spot on so far. Keep reading and I wish the best for you and your turtle..
 

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Regardless of the exact species of turtle, this guy is seriously dehydrated and lacking from an aquatic environment. Needs some serious soaking, better diet, better lighting, and better “enclosure”. It’s a turtle, not a tortoise.

Was it found locally in Humble? Is this in Denmark?
 

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Regardless of the exact species of turtle, this guy is seriously dehydrated and lacking from an aquatic environment. Needs some serious soaking, better diet, better lighting, and better “enclosure”. It’s a turtle, not a tortoise.

Was it found locally in Humble? Is this in Denmark?
My friend that has passed away bought from pet store in king wood texas. I just now took over his care. I did have him in an aquarium filled with water and a basking platform until I was told he could be a land turtle. I have him on aquatic food. His basking lamp is 150 watts. What can I do to make him better?
 

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My friend that has passed away bought from pet store in king wood texas. I just now took over his care. I did have him in an aquarium filled with water and a basking platform until I was told he could be a land turtle. I have him on aquatic food. His basking lamp is 150 watts. What can I do to make him better?
This is a turtle which needs a very moist environment. They do live on land but not in a desert. Think of it as being similar to a Box Turtle from the southeastern US.

These are called Painted Wood Turtles as well as Spot-legged Wood Turtles, but they are from South America and the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, so do not confuse them with our North American Wood Turtles.

This link will give you some good care info:
 

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This is a turtle which needs a very moist environment. They do live on land but not in a desert. Think of it as being similar to a Box Turtle from the southeastern US.

These are called Painted Wood Turtles as well as Spot-legged Wood Turtles, but they are from South America and the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, so do not confuse them with our North American Wood Turtles.

This link will give you some good care info:
Thank you so m
This is a turtle which needs a very moist environment. They do live on land but not in a desert. Think of it as being similar to a Box Turtle from the southeastern US.

These are called Painted Wood Turtles as well as Spot-legged Wood Turtles, but they are from South America and the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, so do not confuse them with our North American Wood Turtles.

This link will give you some good care info:
thank you so much. I appreciate the help
This is a turtle which needs a very moist environment. They do live on land but not in a desert. Think of it as being similar to a Box Turtle from the southeastern US.

These are called Painted Wood Turtles as well as Spot-legged Wood Turtles, but they are from South America and the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, so do not confuse them with our North American Wood Turtles.

This link will give you some good care info:
 

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I have read lots of information online about my turtle. It has been identified as a painted turtle. I received it from a friend that passed away recently and I am panicking over the animals proper care. I don’t want to lose that too. Do you know the best way to care for it. I’m sorry I keep asking but there are so many different opinions out there. I’m just scared I will lose the turtle that was associated with a dear friend. Thank you.937B354B-C31D-4193-A9D3-BC7CDDCEBC6A.jpeg90EDEABF-8B29-4395-ACB8-091F54359EDB.jpeg32E4227A-A67F-4EAE-86FB-C1BBF02F6D32.jpeg
 

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make sure he can stay 80-85F , give him access to water and land , and get him eating a good diet ...... they'll eat worms , dog food , cat food , soaked(softened) fish pellets , turtle pellets, grape leaves , rose of sharon leaves , romaine , dandelion , plantain , insects , apples, sweet potatoe, tomatoes, plums.............they're pretty hardy turtle , he looks like he wasn't well cared for ......

i'd use chlorhexidine on his shell a couple times .... i'd soak his shell with it , keep him out the water for a few hours so it dries , , rinse him off and put him back wherever he's kept ....
 

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I'm not real familiar with turtles, but that is not like any painted turtle I have seen over the years and we have painted turtles where I grew up and where I live now.
Maybe @Markw84.
 

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Okay, I see he is not the type of painted turtle we have here in the North.
You might want to list it's full species type instead of just saying painted as he's not the same as we have here.
 

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