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Hi, I got a turtle a few days ago and would like to know what specie is it so I can give it proper care . Thanks.

Hi Kristina,

It's a box turtle.  However, as far as I know, in NY you cannot possess a box turtle without a permit from the department of wildlife, and you can't collect box turtles from the wild.  I don't know how difficult it is to obtain a permit, but you'd have to be able to establish that you got the turtle from a legitimate source, and that may not be easy since the turtle is almost certainly not captive bred.  If this is a recently collected wild turtle, it needs to be released where it was found.  Since you didn't say where you got the turtle, I can't be more exact than that.  If you need more information, post back with more details and I'll do what I can to help.


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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.

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