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Terrestrial turtle

Discussion in 'Terrestrial turtles' started by Cheryl Hills, Dec 13, 2018.

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  1. Cheryl Hills

    Cheryl Hills Well-Known Member

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    I am curious, what type or species or turtles fall into this category? Do they require land and water?
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    Well, box turtles, for example, but they have their own category. Flower back box turtle, mouhotii, cuora - to name just a few. There are quite a few "box turtle" types from other countries. This is one of my favorites, but they don't hibernate, so I don't keep them:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indochinese_box_turtle
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    Wow, I just looked at those. They are beautiful!
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    There is really no exact, or correct answer to this question. It is a question of degree as to how much time a certain species will prefer to stay on land vs in the water as its primary habitat. But that can also change depending upon the turtle's age. In the US, the most "terrestrial" turtle is the box turtles. Some species of box turtles will rarely go into water. From there you have the "semi-terrestrial" turtles. Going from most terrestrial to least in the US, you would have the N Amer. Wood, Muhlenberg, Western Pond, Blandings, Spotted, and perhaps some Muds.
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