Wood Turtle Care Sheet

Description: The Wood Turtle spends the majority of its day in forested areas.
Scientific Name: Clemmys insculpta
Lifespan: 50 to 60 years
Average Size: Up to 8 inches
Origin: North America


Wood Turtles are omnivorous so they will eat a combination of plants and meat. They tend to enjoy berries the most when it comes to plants but berries are not necessarily the healthiest. Make sure they get a good variety of leafy vegetables such as lettuce and cabbage. For the meat portion you can feed them a variety of insects in addition to some small fresh fish.


Lighting: Wood Turtles will require approximately 12 hours per day of full-spectrum UVB light. It does not necessarily have to be exactly 12 hours but you should keep the time consistent so they get used to it as a routine.
Physical Design: Wood Turtles are semi-aquatic so they should be placed in a habitat that has some water and some dry land.

Adult Wood Turtles should be housed outdoors and in these cases space should not be an issue. If they are housed indoors they will need plenty of room to move because part of the enclosure will be taken up by water.

Ensure that while the turtle is young that the water is not too deep for them.

Temperature: Anywhere between 75 degrees F to 85 degrees F would be acceptable for your Wood Turtle. Providing them with a slight temperature gradient will allow them to move to an area that they feel comfortable in.
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