Considerations Before Buying a Turtle: Is a Turtle the Best Pet for Me?
* Whenever possible, buy captive-bred turtles. They are already adapted to captivity, there is less of a chance for disease or parasites, and they are accustomed to commercial turtle foods. Whether purchasing your turtle from a local pet store, breeder or online, ask whether they are captive bred or wild caught. Another option is to adopt from a local turtle rescue organization. They might have a turtle just right for you.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforces the ban on small turtle sales and has this advice for consumers: Don't buy small turtles for pets.
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What should you know before buying a pet turtle? - Quora
THIRD: If you are thinking about buying a turtle or tortoise I would strongly suggest you think twice before buying one from a pet store.#2 Because of filth, stress and exposure to other species microorganisms during storage and shipping, many turtles and tortoises end up sick at the pet store. Many stores do not have staff competant enough to recognize illness unless it is very advanced, so therefore, they end up selling sick turtles to the uneducated buyer. So many animals don't even live long enough to make it to a pet store. They die during storage and shipping sometimes due to being crushed on the bottom of a pile in a crate.Even small turtles need plenty of living space. For aquatic turtles this means tanks. Buying a larger enclosure early will save you money. There are plenty of suitable alternatives to glass aquariums that will provide equally as much space (if not more) for a fraction of the price. The only sacrifice you make is the aesthetics of a glass aquarium. Believe it or not, solid and opaque walls are healthier for your turtles. Make sure you check out prices before purchasing that cute little turtle in the pet store. Just as important, make sure you have the room for a tank of the proper size. Enclosures for tortoises and terrestrial turtles can be less expensive than aquatic turtle habitats, however they do require a more hands-on approach. There are no great terrestrial habitats available commercially. A good terrestrial habitat can be made from things like bookshelves, or unused pieces of furniture that you remodel. Try googling a tortoise table!There are a number of turtles that are legal to have as pets in Oregon. Visit the of ODFW’s website for a list. If you do buy a turtle over the internet, on craigslist or from a pet store, quarantine it first to make sure it is healthy before adding it to your aquarium.