I have had this baby turtle for about a month now. I found him/her after a thunderstorm by under my window. I have no I sea what kind of turtle it is and I would like to know. He/she does not have a hinge on it's shell so I know it's not a box turtle. I have him in a 20 gallon aquarium with half water and half land. I have seen it in the water various time but he/she prefers land. It will burrow in the dirt I have provided for it. The dirt is moist, similar to mud. I have put bugs in the aquarium ,various species of grass and leaves, I have also tried fruits. The baby will eat the fruits and some leaves but I haven't noticed any bugs missing. I have him under a heat lamp I previously used for my bearded dragon. Thank you.

It's a box turtle. They don't have a functioning hinge until they're older.  Please return it to where you found it. Wild turtles belong in the wild, and box turtle species have been decimated by collection. They are also protected in most areas and it may be illegal to have one in your possession.  It's best for the turtle that it be released ASAP.  


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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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