What species is my tortoise?

aerisama

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Hello and nice to meet you, I don't know why it took me so long to find this forum and reach out for help.

I found my girl 14 years ago starving and just, dying on the road, while going to a little town in Cancun (south of Mexico) and brought her home. She has seen a fair amount of veterinarians but none know for sure what species does she belong to nor how to take care of her.

She only grew about 7cm long in these years although her shell did get way bigger than when we found her. She eats lettuce, spinach, fruits and her favorite is grilled fish with no seasoning of course.

She roams free around the house, pees on her substrate but only poops when we put her in a little bin with water just below her head & sleeps in a terrarium at nights.

I am sure we could do way better taking care of her and I really want to have some starter points to make her life as better as possible.

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Toddrickfl1

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Hmm, I'm stumped. I don't think it's a tortoise though I think it's a turtle. @Markw84
 

turtlesteve

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It’s a species of Rhinoclemmys, not sure which one. Maybe R. areolata?
 
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LasTortugasNinja

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Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima Mexican Painted Wood Tortoise (but is, in fact, a turtle). They have several colorations depending on the area of mexico or central america it's found. This animal meets the color morph of the subspecies in the cancun area.
 
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LasTortugasNinja

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The bits of fish are fine, but also get her some earthworms or slugs. She'll slurp them down. At least once a week. They are great pets. All she needs is a warm place in the morning, water for a soak & drinking, and lots of dark leafy greens and worms & slugs. They are very spirited little turtles. Careful with letting her roam the house. She can easily crawl into cleaner residue or pesticides and absorb it into her lungs and get sick... or get stepped on. Get her decent sized crate with a leaf-litter flooring.
 

Markw84

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I agree. Rhinoclemmy genus for sure. Species does look like the Rhinoclemmys areolata. As @LasTortugasNinja mentioned, from the southeastern parts of Mexico, and Belize and the very north of Honduras and Guatemala.
 
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