The Central American Wood Turtle, also known as the Ornate Wood Turtle, is a popular and common wood turtle within the pet trade. Those imported from the northern part of Costa Rica, in particular, are brightly colored, and they feature black eyespots along with lovely swirls of yellow and orange.
These turtles make wonderful pets because they become tame rather quickly, and they are intelligent and personable. They also remain at a size that is manageable, and they are hardy once they are established in the right enclosure.
Adult Central American Wood Turtles will be about 8” long. Males will have longer tails and will also be smaller than females.