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JemEsGuten
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I live here in southeast texas, on the gulf coast. I was out weed eating when I almost hit this little guy. He is no bigger than a penny, with black carapace(not sure if it\'s black or just dirty) yellow tick marks around the very outer underside edge, and red-orange ovals on his underside... I think it is a box but I\'m not sure, the only turtle I am familiar with is red-eared sliders. I am asking because when my girlfriend moved away for a while, she had to get rid of her red-eared sliders, and it broke her heart, And now she is back and I\'ve been meaning to get her a new little friend, but i dont know how to take care of it if i don\'t know what kind it is. Thanks, Jem
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This is the closest one I could find, it is a western painted turtle
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The red ovals aren\'t that pronounced, at least, not grown together, but maybe that will come with age? I\'m going now to take a picture of him.
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This is him next to a penny, for comparision...
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And this is his belly..kinda looks like an underdeveloped western painted...
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I think this is what you have:

[Sternotherus odoratus Common Musk Turtle / Stinkpot Turtle (hatchling)]

Sternotherus odoratus

Common Musk Turtle / Stinkpot Turtle (hatchling)

Here is a link to the caresheet:
http://www.chelonia.org/Articles/sternotheruscare.htm
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Oh what a cutie!! I agree it looks like a little stinky.
I love watching them bulldoze their way around a tank.
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oh he is so tiny..i love him he\'s soo cute..how did u recognize something that size?!!

the shell looks dirty..u can clean it by rubbing it gently with a toothbrush..it\'ll be easier to ID it then..

welcome to the board and keep us posted:)
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You think that\'s cute, look at this one:D:
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AWWW this is sweet i feel like kissing it
i\'m crazy i can go get a dozen of those tinies:D
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I have the same lil turtle u have. My son found it the other day at school and the teachers let him bring it home cuz he already has 2 RES. Did you ever find out what breed he was? I need to know to make sure we are taking care of our lil guy
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"Common Musk Turtle / Stinkpot Turtle (hatchling)

Here is a link to the caresheet:
http://www.chelonia.org/Articles/sternotheruscare.htm"

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