Painted turtles are popular pets for a few reasons.
Here are seven things to avoid in order to keep your pet turtle happy and healthy.
The risk of salmonella infection is particularly high for small or baby turtles whose shells are shorter than 4 inches, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The small size may make them attractive pets, but also makes owners more likely to let the turtles roam across kitchen counters, or clean the turtle habitats in the kitchen sink, which can spread the bacteria to food-preparation surfaces. Given this risk, the FDA banned sale and distribution of these small turtles in 1975.
Despite the fact that turtles naturally harbor salmonella bacteria in their guts, turtles are viewed as inexpensive and safe pets — 85 percent of turtle owners interviewed in these recent outbreaks were unaware of the infection risk.
The Mississippi map turtle is a popular pet in the United States.
Turtles and tortoises belong in the wild, not as pets. The HSUS
Turtles are wild animals that belong in the ocean, but turtles also make very good pets. Turtles need to be cared for just like every other pet. They need to have a good diet and plenty of room. Pet turtles are usually kept in a box with rocks and water, but you need to take them out and play with them at least once a day. Food for turtles include green vegetables such as broccoli leaves and cabbage, fruit, snails, chopped up earthworms, slugs, snails, shrimp with the shell, and chopped up fish (keep fish slightly frozen or thawed to get rid of parasites). A turtle may die very early in captivity, but with the proper care and diet, turtles can live for many decades. Unlike cats and dogs that require expensive procedures such as shots, operations, grooming products, medicine, etc. Turtles aren’t as complicated to have as a pet.Having a pet turtle can be a very rewarding experience. So few animal companions can be friends for life. However, before jumping into life with a turtle, you do have to get a full perspective on exactly what this means. There are many species of turtles that are commonly kept as pets. With a proper set-up, a good diet, and a loving home, many turtles can live anywhere from 60-100 years! Unfortunately, many people get a turtle as a pet without understanding the full care requirements. This leads many people to give up their beloved pets. You may be surprised to know that Red-eared sliders, a very common pet turtle, are actually the most abandoned pet in the country. At the Turtle Rescue League, we like to try to help people find ways to keep their pets. As a rescue, we have many simple and cost-effective methods of upgrading habitats and providing great care. Whether you have a turtle already or are , please be sure to do your research first. Turtles can make amazing pets, but poor care can have devastating results.