September, 2005

Welcome Peacabo's and HydeNseek's home.  These beauties are Ornate Wood Turtles (Rhinoclemmy pulcherrima manni) which are native to Central America.  These turtles have bright 'eye spots' on their carapace with patterns of red stripes on their heads and necks.  Here we have Peacabo (female) and HydeNseek (male) in their indoor habitat.  A 75 gallon terrarium.  They are both approximately 3 years of age, which is only a good guess. 

Peacabo and HydeNseek Peacabo and HydeNseek

September, 2005

 CA Woods do not hibernate so special care needs to be given to keep them warm during our winter months.  A basking lamp, and full spectrum fluorescent reptile light and an undertank heating pad is used to simulate a consistent year round climate.   They love to burrow in the substrate (fir bark) and are very adept at digging and flipping the substrate over their bodies until they're completely covered.  They do this as a means of body temperature control, to hide and to rest.

Peacabo has laid several clutches of eggs which has produced a hatchling on February 17, 2010!  We have
named her, SitNSpin. 

HydeNseek HydeNseek


Central American Ornate Woods are semi-aquatic but primarily terrestrial preferring woodlands near water.   Peacabo and HydeNseek are taken outside almost daily to explore our yard and absorb the beneficial rays of the sun.  Males of this species are smaller than the females and somewhat less aggressive


Peacabo and Speedy Peacabo and Speedy


They're not called Wood turtles for nothing!  They had a great time exploring this wood pile and as you can see, their carapace design and coloring helps them to blend into this environment.  They are very good climbers!


Speedy is my grandson's turtle and Peacabo's first mate.  Turtles have a very interesting mating ritual where the male will bob his head up and down rapidly in the female's face until he gets a reaction.  That reaction usually is in the form of chasing, shell nipping and biting which appears to be very aggressive.  However it only entices the male to complete the task at hand and he did, quite nicely on numerous occasions.  We are hoping that Peacabo will be laying her first clutch of eggs soon.



RES Hatchlings  (Believe it or not there are three in there)
Snitch, Sneaker and Timiakau (RIP)
Close up of hatching enjoying a 'shower.' Hatchings were born early August, 2005.


Here we have an empty 30 gallon, not really, there are three Red Eared Slider Hatchings (Trachemys scripta elegans) in there.  The close up on the right shows one of the little guys.  Red Eared Slider's (RES) are mainly aquatic as hatchlings then become more terrestrial with maturity.  These are the species of turtles we saw commonly sold in stores until a ban was put on selling hatchlings in the 1970's.  Sold in little plastic bowls with a palm tree, most died from improper care.  Those environments were too small, had no heating, lighting or water filtration and the care instructions weren't adequate.  Most people didn't know that these darling hatchlings could grow up to 12 inches in length and if properly cared for, had a life span of 70 years.  RES are native to the United States.


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