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Selling small turtles—with shells less than four inches long—was banned in 1975 to prevent the spread of salmonella. The CDC says this ban "likely remains the most effective public health action to ." Some sellers try to skirt the law by using the exceptions allowed for legitimate scientific and educational purposes. But just saying the turtle will be used for education or offering the turtle for free with the sale of a tank does not make it legal. In addition, some states and localities prohibit possession of turtles. Call your local animal shelter or animal control to find out about turtle ownership laws.

Lastly, you may want to consider what exactly owning a pet turtle entails.

I run an animal rescue in Mo. I stopped one the hiway yesterday after a truck hit a box turtle. It crushedd its back shell and I really thought it was dead. I went ahead and picked it up and noticed a few minutes later after seeing the blood began to slow down...it was alive. I put it in a little warm water and with hemastats rearranged the shell. I had nothing else to use to hold it, so I used small pieces of duct tape. It seemed to be paralised, however, it can move its back legges. (not walking yet), just dragging, but when I touch the feet it draws them in. Last night, I debreved it with warm water, & it seems to be slowly moving, still catering to its legs in the rear. He can move quite well however with the front. I read that antibiotics are not always the answer, but I have injectibal cephalexan. I just wondered what you feel I should do. I have a little land and a small pond, but wouldn't of course release him, unless he improves. My hope is the shell heals, there is one open place(missing shell) the size of a quarter. He is the size of a womans hand. If you can, just give me some advice. I agree with your article fully, that we help them, then release them...unless we can provide the best. I only adopt out dogs when the perfect setting comes up. They are better off dead than abused or neglected. Thanks ahead for any help!

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"Owning a turtle combines the thrill of staring at a rock with the fun of cleaning a reptile." With many exotic pets, it’s not always easy to know if you’ve got a boy or a girl, but in turtles, there are a couple of ways. One good rule of thumb for telling the difference between males and females is that males have longer tails, and their rectal opening — called the vent — is further down the length of their tail than in females. In girl turtles, the vent is much closer to the shell. Some species of turtles also show other differences between males and females, such as distinct shell shapes (the bottom shell, or plastron, in males may be curved inward so they can mount females for reproduction) or eye color (males’ eyes may be a brighter red than the brown eyes of females). Some male turtles also have longer nails than females.

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Painted turtles have been known to live as long as 50 years in captivity, so they can truly be (nearly) lifelong companions. Given proper diet, housing, and care, you can reasonably expect a painted turtle to live for 25 to 30 years.

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