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hello, i would like to know what kind of turtle is this, i found it on a yard and i want to take proper care of it.

Hi Sam,

I can't really tell from your picture, but I'd guess that it's a California desert tortoise.  If this is the case, it's probably an escaped pet and you should make an effort to find the owner.  If you live in an area where the CDT is native (Mojave desert area), it could possibly be a wild tortoise and should not be handled.  In any case, CDTs take specialized care and you should learn all you can about them before considering taking this one in.  You would need to have an outdoor enclosure with heated shed, for instance, and provide a regular, varied diet.  It's also important to note that keeping a CDT requires a permit, and this particular tortoise may be tagged (which would help you find the owner).  You can find more information on CDTs here:  http://tortoise.org/.


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Questions regarding husbandry of Russian tortoises and other Mediterranean species, sulcata, and redfoot tortoises; general tortoise and turtle care; box turtle care. If I can't answer a specific question, I can provide sources for further research. Disclaimer: My advice is not a substitute for vet care. If I think your tortoise/turtle has a specific medical condition or injury that warrants a vet visit, I'll tell you so, and if possible I'll help you locate a vet. It is neither legal nor ethical for me to provide veterinary advice.


I have kept and bred Russian tortoises for over ten years and have other Mediterranean species plus redfoots and box turtles. I've worked with other tortoise and turtle species while doing volunteer rescue work; mostly sulcata but some leopards, California desert tortoises, yellowfoots, all box turtle species, red-eared sliders, etc. I don't personally keep aquatic species, but have access to a wealth of information and research to help you with any questions you might have.

My knowledge is based on hands-on experience keeping, breeding, and working with tortoises and turtles.

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