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Identification please

Discussion in 'American box turtles' started by LolaMyLove, May 12, 2016.

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  1. LolaMyLove

    LolaMyLove Active Member 5 Year Member

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    My sister just took in this little rescue and we were looking for an identification for this poor little dude. It looks like he's got MBD, what do you all think? uploadfromtaptalk1463091124780.jpeg uploadfromtaptalk1463091128598.jpeg uploadfromtaptalk1463091131744.jpeg
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    Oh wow, he's had a ruff life. For sure MBD. I can't tell what it is. I'm guessing some sort of box turtle
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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  4. At first I thought a deformed ornate, then I saw the skirt, maybe it's a really deformed Radiated....... But I've never been right, I just keep trying ... or maybe a really deformed Hermanni. See how bad I am? But a plastron shot would really help others. :p
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    I thought at first a leopard tortoise, but I'm going with Maggie's first instinct - Ornata (box turtle). Can we see the plastron?
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    Wow, a very deformed box turtle. I am not sure which box turtle though.
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    Poor guy! Looks like an Ornata to me.
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    Poor thing. I hope with you, his/her luck changed.
  9. I couldn't actually be right?????
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    I'm guessing ornate box turtle too. Poor thing. How badly does one have to look after a turtle to do that to it? :(
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    I'm going with Ornate also. Poor little one.
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    Sheesh, that one's in rough shape.

    I will also vote ornate box turtle.
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    It is a terrapene Carolina ornata i guess
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    Poor Baby.
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    Is MBD mainly caused by poor diet and care or is it something they are born with. From my understand this poor little guy may be up to 4yrs old and has lived on meal worms and strawberries only. Now that my sister has it hopefully she can give it the love and help it needs.
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    Wow. I've got some pretty bad ones in before. But this poor guy takes the cake for sure. Rather difficult to be 100% but either an ornate or desert box. I'm leaning towards ornate because the desert boxes typically show meow brown than black. But obviously the growth and keratin is severely unbalanced. God speed with this little guy.
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