Central American Ornate Wood Turtle

Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima manni

Reptile | Central America: Southern Nicaragua to Northwest Costa Rica

Animal Info

Our turtle friend El Gordo and her species have shell patterns that vary based on their geographic location and are able to withstand drought conditions and temperatures up to 100°F for extended periods of time. They also often serve as biological control of agricultural pests, especially insects. 


In the wild: Wild flowers, fruit, grasses, fish, worms, insects

At the Zoo: Greens, crickets, mealworms, fresh water turtle diet, mixed produce


Damp woodlands, terrestrial lowlands, clearings near water sources

Conservation Status

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – not evaluated