Help Identify Mexican Amigo

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Huizache
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I recently acquired a small- 5 inch- medium brown turtle from the Mexican desert south of Monterey. The shell is not heavily domed and is relatively smooth. The underside has light tan and yellow markings. The head has light striping. I can\'t figure out how to attach them to this message but I can email pictures. gracias for any help.
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what the feet of ur turtle look like? are they like a elephant feet or are they web between the toe??
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what the feet of ur turtle look like?

great question. He is a bit stressed and clammed up, but I will peek when he isn\'t looking. If he has elephant toes, is he some kind of desert tortise?
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the difference between the feet is a good way to tell if is a land turtle or a aquatic turtle...if it\'s look like a elephant it\'s a land turtle(tortoise)...
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send me the pix to:
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i\'ll post them up for u if u want
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here are the pix of the little guy:

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sorry i was late..
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This is the closest I could come:
http://www.chelonia.org/Chelopus_gallery.htm
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Hey yaya, I made this for you:D:D
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STRAYKINGFISHER wrote:
Hey yaya, I made this for you:D:D
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thank:D...i love it!!
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You\'re welcome, I wish it would\'ve come out better:D:D
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Deff not a tortoise!!!

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Thats turtle is a musk. Its from mexico and its fairly large and has hinged shells so im going to say a giant mexican musk turtle.
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I agree about the musk part, but the Mexican Cross-breasted Turtle (Staurotypus triporcatus) was the only Mexican musk turtle I found,
and it has three keels on the carapace (three lines going from head to tail).

Here are two pictures of the Mexican Cross-breasted turtle:
http://www.chelonia.org/StaurotypustriporcatusCT3.jpg
http://www.chelonia.org/StaurotypustriporcatusCT2.jpg

UPDATE:

I found a reference to the Giant Mexican Musk Turtle(Staurotypus triporcatus):
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/s ... catus.html

It is the same turtle :?
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Yes there are many names for many different types of turtles its usually best to use the most common name or the scientific name. But care for all musks are the same but they just need a larger tank like a 40 breeder 3/4 filled up with a basking area.
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