Pet turtles are a common source of Salmonella

- Turtles do not interact with or particularly like humans. Are you prepared to have a pet that does not interact with you other than at feeding time?

To protect your health, the earth and the animals, please don't get a turtle for a pet!

Turtles can be phenomenal pets if you are willing to take the time to set up and maintain their environments properly and feed them according to their species-specific needs. And remember, just like our furry friends, turtles also as well. Most importantly, if you find out that a pet turtle is not for you, please don’t release it into the wild. Many pet turtle species are not meant to live in the wild and will die without care or can introduce diseases that can sicken wild turtles. There are plenty of that will take in an unwanted pet.

What kind of turtle or tortoise will make the best pet for you?

Snapping turtles do not make good pets due to their nasty disposition. North American box turtles, of which the common box turtle is a member, are extremely widespread and can be found in Mexico and across the eastern, central, and southwestern United States. Box turtles weren’t considered common pets twenty and thirty years ago, but today, commercial trappers catch and sell box turtles by the thousands. Depending on the captive turtles’ maintenance, many that are sold in pet stores are stressed, diseased, and dehydrated. Many turtle fanciers fear that if things continue the way they are going, box turtles may achieve a protected status and will no longer be available in the pet trade.

Find out more about some popular pet turtles and tortoises.

Many native, wild-caught turtles are still sold as pets, even though this practice is illegal in Indiana. The collection of wild turtles has caused many species to become endangered, especially when combined with habitat loss, water pollution and predators. Predators such as raccoons eat a large number of turtle eggs each year, and some species do not even breed until they are several years old, meaning that it can take many years for a population to become established. You can help protect Indiana’s turtles by helping to preserve turtle habitat, especially wetlands, through local conservation organizations or the

Here's why turtles make a great pet for all ages.


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.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.