Central American Wood Turtle, Guatemalan Wood Turtle, Mexican Wood Turtle, Painted Wood Turtle
Scientific Name: Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima incisa
Growing to lengths of about 8 inches (20 centimeters), Honduran Wood Turtles have reddish brown shells. Females tend to grow larger than males. A small raised line divides the carapace in half. The scutes are nicely sculpted. Honduran Wood Turtles have creamy to yellow plastrons that are decorated with darker lines, particularly by a very darkly colored column running the length of the shell. The skin over the head and legs of Honduran Wood Turtles is a brown color.
Honduran Wood Turtles require a semi-aquatic habitat that is primarily terrestrial. Their enclosure should have high humidity. Though a filter can help with water circulation, Honduran Wood Turtles may quickly dirty their water because of their burrowing habits. A substrate of bark or soil that will allow them to burrow will generally be used extensively, but much of the substrate may end up in the water. Honduran Wood Turtles have been reported to make lots of use of basking areas. A diet based on fresh dark leafy green vegetables supplemented with insects should be offered. Snails are reported to be a special favorite. Fruit can be offered in small amounts.
Breeding is relatively difficult. Females can become calcium deficient very easily. It has been reported that separate housing for the female and male, works best in breeding programs. The males and females should only be allowed to be together for short periods of time. The problem when they are left together is that they may try to mate too often, which can lead to over production of eggs and to the calcium deficiency as mentioned above.
Found on land, although they are never far from water
The instant favorite of many people that have obtained them, Honduran Wood Turtles are pretty and fairly hardy. These animals are not too demanding and can be very rewarding pets when properly maintained.
In the wild, Honduran Wood Turtles are often found on land, although they are never far from water. They will appreciate a captive environment with lots of hiding places and often burrow into loose substrates. Honduran Wood Turtles can swim, though they do not remain in water all the time. Many adjust quickly to captivity and can make rewarding pets. It has been reported that they not get along very well with other species of turtles especially the males, which can get aggressive.
Central and South America
The Honduran Wood Turtle is often called the Mexican Wood Turtle. This can be confusing, for a different subspecies of this type of turtle is also known as the Mexican Wood Turtle. Honduran Wood Turtles are native to Central America and to parts of South America. They are also called Guatemalan Wood Turtles.