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Wood Turtle North American basic information

A moderately sized turtle, the North American Wood Turtle averages between 5 1/2 and 8 inches in length. They are called "Wood Turtles" not because of their habitat, but because it was thought that their shell resembled in both appearance and texture a piece of wood. The rough shell has growth rings on the scutes and keels, or raised ridges, that move from the center outward. Some Wood Turtles have yellow keels, but they are usually unmarked. The upper shell, or carapace, is usually dark brown in color and the plastron is yellow with black markings. The majority of the Wood Turtle's skin is brown, although the neck is yellow or orange. Male Wood Turtles can be distinguished from females because of their larger size, larger heads, concave plastrons (under shell), and longer tails. Hatchling North American Wood Turtles are less than two inches long and are usually brown or gray.

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