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Wood Turtle Central American Health Information

Like all turtles, it is important that the Central American Ornate Wood Turtle get access to natural light. If you live in the proper climate, they can be taken outside and put in full sun when the weather is at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They should also have access to shaded area to cool off. Generally speaking the Central American Ornate Wood Turtles take a little more care then some other turtles, but not much.

The Central American Ornate Wood Turtle should be fed equal amounts of protein and vegatables, be careful not to give them too much phosphorus (such as found in bannanas) and vitamin C.

When courting a female, the male Ornate Wood Turtles noses the female's shell and bobs its head up and down. When the female is receptive to mating, she begins a similar bobbing motion, nose-to-nose with the male. Between May and December the female will bury several clutches of between three and five eggs in soil or litter. The delicate, elongated eggs hatch after several weeks of incubation. The sex of the hatchlings, which average between 35 and 50mm long, depends on the temperature during incubation: Between 24 and 27 degrees Celsius, only male turtles are born. Above 30 degrees Celsius, females will result. Between 27 and 30 degrees, there are both males and females.

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