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Red Turtle

(Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima)

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The Red Turtle is also called Painted Wood Turtle. A brightly colored land turtle with a high domed back; back is brown around the edges but the larger side and top plates are usually decorated with patterns of red-orange, yellow, and black; underneath yellow with a wide, central dark bar; head green or brown with reddish stripes; jaw and chin yellow / orange, often with dark markings; front legs with red or yellow scales with black markings; toes slightly webbed; to 23cm (9 in). (Tortuga Roja).


Low elevation Pacific coastal areas; more common in cleared areas near streams, than in forests; found often after rains on roads or in pastures, but also in streams, pools, and ponds.

Found in the following Parks:

Carara National Park.
Palo Verde National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Red Turtle (Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima), Costa Rica