I am going over a handful of incorrect ideas about turtles as pets.
People continue to get sick from the turtles because they’re available for education and research purposes and sold illegally as pets.
I'm never in favor of keeping wild animals as pets. Your turtle wasn't "abandoned"; it was captured by another species (that would be you) with no expertise in providing the food, shelter, or social environment necessary for its best care. I'm not alone in this opinion — the Humane Society of the United States and most veterinarians agree with me. You should return the turtle to where it was found and release it as soon as possible.
African sideneck turtles are hardy, active, moderately sized and naturally abundant. They are relatively undemanding and make for great pets but can be curious almost to the point of aggressive. They can also be aggressive with each other, but mainly this occurs when they are eating, mating, or kept in a habitat that is too small or dirty. They are not known for being aggressive with people, but if they are nervous they may use their claws to try to escape.
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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.If you go to any pet shop, you can view many types of animals for purchase that includes a variety of lizards, snakes, scorpions, spiders & more. There aren’t any turtles here in Tennessee because of the current ban, but you can indeed find specific turtle food, filters, treats and more, which appears strange if the pets are not allowed. Many people have a huge passion for turtles and are responsible pet owners that should be allowed to own and care for a turtle in the proper manner. Rather than have a blatant full ban on turtle ownership statewide in Tennessee, state agencies like the Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency need to mandate that they draw up requirements for the sale and care of turtles to reduce the transmission of salmonella and other bacteria that can sicken people. Most varieties of turtles available make really good pets but Tennessee has placed a statewide ban on having these amazing animals as pets because of a fear of the spread of salmonella and other bacterial concerns. This is like punishing people as a whole because of these possible issues that can also be transmitted from lizards and other pets or improper handling of foods in a person’s own kitchen. 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.