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Turtles Can Make Great Pets But Do Your Homework First

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  • Turtles can make interesting and enjoyable pets, but there are many misconceptions surrounding their care and suitability as pets
  • Turtles aren’t “easy” pets; they require a varied diet that depends on their specific species as well as a large, temperature-controlled habitat with UVA/UVB light daily
  • Turtles shed salmonella in their feces, and the bacteria can easily contaminate their shell, skin or habitat and make family members sick
  • In some U.S. states, it’s illegal to keep turtles as pets; in others, you need a permit to legally do so
  • Pets like turtles, which are easily and cheaply bred in captivity, flood the pet trade market, resulting in millions of “disposable” lives for sale, many of which are taken from the wild; I strongly discourage buying a turtle from a pet store, flea market, roadside stand or local fair for this reason
 
 

 

 

 

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