New (what kind of turtle is this?)

Kris444

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Hello I’m new! I currently have two ornate box turtles, a water turtle, and a baby breaded dragon.
I’m needing help determining what kind of turtle is in the pictures. This is for a friend who bought this turtle from someone about three weeks ago. The seller said it was a water turtle but I don’t believe this is a water turtle as he has a dome shaped shell and “elephant” like feet. Any help would be appreciated so she can properly care of the turtle. D05BC848-F31F-43B2-826D-DB210A5AF7C6.jpeg 65DFE3F5-E8B5-4D66-88C4-D257A1D6E5F6.jpeg 8E3B1B24-235D-4E87-9ECC-47A4BFF02599.jpeg B10B386E-0D99-4EDC-B1E2-B525379A0082.jpeg 90C952D5-B997-4942-88BA-B20501EE8D97.jpeg
 

Relic

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Looks like a yellow mud turtle, which would be a common turtle in the Fort Worth area, and is indeed a water turtle. But as my wife frequently reminds me, I could be wrong...
 

zovick

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Hello I’m new! I currently have two ornate box turtles, a water turtle, and a baby breaded dragon.
I’m needing help determining what kind of turtle is in the pictures. This is for a friend who bought this turtle from someone about three weeks ago. The seller said it was a water turtle but I don’t believe this is a water turtle as he has a dome shaped shell and “elephant” like feet. Any help would be appreciated so she can properly care of the turtle. View attachment 314828 View attachment 314829 View attachment 314830 View attachment 314831 View attachment 314832
Its back feet are not as elephant-like as a tortoise's feet would be. The back feet and the front feet of the pictured turtle are definitely the feet of a turtle rather than a tortoise, but I am not sure what kind it is.

It also appears to have a hinge going across the plastron similar to one of our Box Turtles, though it is not a North American Box Turtle. It appears that the anterior part of the plastron may be able to close. Is this true?
 
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TeamZissou

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It could be a West African Mud Turtle:


It seems that this turtle and the west African both have the intergular scute and similar first marginal scutes.
 
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zovick

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It could be a West African Mud Turtle:


It seems that this turtle and the west African both have the intergular scute and similar first marginal scutes.
Good call. I think you are correct.

@Kris444 Check the link TeamZissou posted. This is an aquatic turtle and should be kept in water rather than on dry land.
 
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