The spotted turtle is one of the smallest full size turtles found in the united states its black shell is peppered with yellow spots which vary depending on the spotted turtles age older turtles tend to have many more spots sometimes more than 125 scattered across their shell and face . In captivity the spotted will consume the same as their diet in the wild the hatchlings and the younger turtle will eat just about anything you will hand them so snail worms red wigglers night crawlers crickets other insects and aquatic vegetation veggies also spotted love reptomin and mazuri. This care sheet will deal primarily with hatchling care as that is the most critical stage of their lives as well as the age that they are most likely to be purchased housing spotted turtles indoors hatchling spotted turtles are almost totally aquatic leaving the water only to bask as they age they become progressively more terrestrial . Hatchlings when spotted turtle babies first emerge from their little white egg they usually measure about an inch in length most cases after they break through the eggshell they will sit in the egg for a few days absorbing their egg sac some spotted turtles climb right out of their egg even if they still have a large yolk sac
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