Sep 8, 2015 - You're thinking about getting a box turtle, but did you know that it is illegal for pet stores to sell turtles less than 4 inches long
If you are looking to buy a pet turtle or pet terrapin you should know the choices that are out there. There are the local pet stores that sell certain breeds and ...
As opposed to pet store turtles, wild turtles can become both stressed and depressed when taken from their natural environment and put in a tank. Wild turtles are not used to human contact and can suffer from the experience. If you want a turtle that will enjoy its life swimming in your tank and being handled by people, getting one from a pet store or other seller is the way to go. If your wild turtle seems overly stressed and unwell, it may be best to return it to its natural habitat.
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nimals crammed into filthy, crowded plastic bins stacked into shelving units like old books. Living beings deprived of water for days or even weeks. Sick and injured animals denied veterinary care. Emaciated, severely dehydrated animals desperate for water. Animals cruelly killed by being gassed or frozen to death. We’ve seen it time and time again at dealers that sell animals to pet stores, and now we’ve seen it again at Reptiles by Mack, a reptile mill in Xenia, Ohio, that breeds and sells frogs, lizards, turtles, and other animals to pet stores across the country, like PetSmart.
AdvertisementIn last week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health officials from Wisconsin and Wyoming described six cases of salmonella infection in July and August that were traced back to pet turtles.Two children and an 80-year-old woman got sick enough to be hospitalized. In four cases, where the turtles were still available, stool tests found salmonella strains that matched the germs in the patients.The 80-year-old woman, who lived with her daughter and the daughter's family, "had no known direct contact" with the household turtle, the officials wrote, but they noted that the turtle's bowl was usually cleaned in the kitchen sink.In Wisconsin, most turtle dealers stopped selling the animals when health departments warned them about the problem. But one refused, insisting that he was selling them for educational purposes only and that his turtles did not have salmonella, according to lab tests. But later tests did find the bacteria, and the seller finally gave up.The owner of the Wyoming store that had sold the turtles that made people sick also refused to stop selling them, so the health department confiscated them.Dr. Patricia Fox, a Wisconsin epidemiologist, said most of the turtles were coming from breeders in Florida and Louisiana.Dr. Fox said that as a child she had pet turtles. "We all got them at Woolworth's," she recalled.She handled the turtles all the time and despite her mother's warnings, she even kissed them, Dr. Fox said. She never got sick, but a neighbor boy did. Her turtles were blamed, and on doctor's orders her mother got rid of them.If you are looking to buy a pet turtle or pet terrapin you should know the choices that are out there. There are the local pet stores that sell certain breeds and kinds of pet turtles and terrapins, and are usually the most convenient sources for you to find a pet turtle to buy.Shoppers will find one of the largest selections in the state for their reptiles and reptiles needs. Reptiles for sale include lizards, turtles and tortoises, frogs and snakes. They also sell feeders such as crickets, mice, frozen chicks, mealworms and horn worms. Supplies are available for all your pet needs. One of the best conveniences of this pet store is that their pick-ups are available within 15 minutes.