Avoid purchasing a turtle online or from a pet store that sells baby turtles that are less than four inches in length. Turtles are sometimes carriers of salmonella and since 1975, the U.S. has banned the sale of baby turtles less than four inches long because of these health risks. As with all reptiles, you should wash your hands after handling any reptile to prevent any illness from spreading to humans.
What you should know before you get a pet turtle
The building block of your baby turtle's diet is the pellet or gel capsule supplement, which is a snap to find in any pet store that sells turtle suppies. There are two caveats, however: you should examine each label to make sure that your pet turtle is getting the best diet possible, and you should select a formula that's been approved for your particular shelled pet. For example, a box turtle is more interested in a true omnivorous diet than a water turtle which needs more raw meat as a baby, but will show interest in herbivorous or lightly omnivorous diets as an adult.
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This is happening in a dollor store in the city of Lancaster PA too. I phone our Humane League of Lancaster County a couple yrs ago about it and I honestly don’t even think they sent anyone out to investigate. All they told me was that ‘some other woman had also told them about it a wk or 2 prior.’. My grandson’s family went to Florida and a petstore there was selling baby turtles. They bought one and snuck it on a plane! Incidentally the little guy is doing pretty well…we helped them set up a proper tank and daughter and I bought all the equipment the turtle needed to thrive. But I really hate how they acquired it. They had no idea it was illegal. Many ppl still don’t.
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