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RE: terrapene ornata or luteola?

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Posted by: kensopher at Fri Jul 10 18:30:46 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by kensopher ]  
   

Let's see how many conflicting opinions you get on this one. I am always amazed.

I breed ornata and luteola. Your turtle is neither. The scalation on the head, and the head shape overall, is very distinct in Western box turtles.

It looks as if you have a three toed box turtle. How many toes are on the hind feet? It is possible that you may have a three toed/ornate hybrid, but I have seen pure three toed box turtles out of Arkansas that look exactly like your turtle. I also breed three toed box turtles.

Identification is best done with structural characteristics. Color and/or pattern can be very tricky, especially with an extremely variable turtle like a three toed.


   

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