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Red Eared Slider
July 26, 2010
8:18 pm
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johnpeten
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I have found very little data on Guatemalan Turtles. We have found another species in the woods near a stream. It was out of the water and quite dry. The nearest we have been able to come is a red eared slider, possibly Trachemys scripta elegans. Some attributes agree but many do not. The skin pattern is certainly wrong and the plastron design is different, although this is variable.
If anybody has any better ideas, they would be welcome.
Apparently the red eared slider is not only a common turtle but very popular in the aquarium trade. It is surprising that we have not found one of these guys before.

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July 26, 2010
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I have stumbled onto the identity of this turtle. An enterprising chap conducting nature tours of Belize and Guatemala included this turtle in his photo collection and included a picture of the plastron or I would never have recognised it. It is a wood turtle and not a freshwater turtle which made the initial search fruitless. It is the Furrowed Wood Turtle, Rhinoclemmys areolata. It lives in the woods, sometimes near marshy areas but is principally a terrestial turtle. If I was more observant I would have noticed the domed shell typical of a tortoise.
Lucky for the tortoise I found out who he was early and saved him from spending the night half immersed in water.

July 27, 2010
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Interesting and very attractive critter, John. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> There appears to be some decent information here if you haven't seen it already.

Cake or death?
July 27, 2010
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QUOTE (Matt @ Jul 27 2010, 12:49 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Interesting and very attractive critter, John. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> There appears to be some decent information here if you haven't seen it already.


Thanks Matt, that is a very comprehensive and interesting study. The Tortoise is now in an enclosure in my garden. Luckily my assistant has learned to be a very good carpenter. If it settles we will keep it for while, if not we will release it in the woods.
It is getting like a Zoo here. My four baby Parrots have been weaned and fledged and are now growing into very robust and amusing teenagers. Last Friday I was given an 8 weekold Squirrel (Ardilla) to raise. An eyedropper with puppy formula (goats milk) This is going well so far but I have to spend a lot of time with a young squirrel clinging to my person. 10 days ago I refused a baby alligator, this would have been too much.
John

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August 1, 2010
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QUOTE (johnpeten @ Jul 26 2010, 09:01 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have found very little data on Guatemalan Turtles. We have found another species in the woods near a stream. It was out of the water and quite dry. The nearest we have been able to come is a red eared slider, possibly Trachemys scripta elegans. Some attributes agree but many do not. The skin pattern is certainly wrong and the plastron design is different, although this is variable.
If anybody has any better ideas, they would be welcome.
Apparently the red eared slider is not only a common turtle but very popular in the aquarium trade. It is surprising that we have not found one of these guys before.


Oh my! That certainly is a very beautiful animal! I love it. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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