Below is HSUS propaganda about why one should not buy or own a turtle.
It goes without saying that HSUS and all AR groups would like all of us to not own, sell, buy, display or look at, train or trade any animal species at all, at any time, place, in any manner or form, in any country, UNLESS it’s done by a “non profit. Well then it’s simply mah-velous!
January 26, 2009 The Humane Society of the United States
Thinking of Getting a Pet Turtle?
Consider the risks to your health, the earth and the animals
Consider before you buy…turtles carry Salmonella
Salmonella isn’t just a food-borne illness. Turtles and other reptiles carry Salmonellabacteria, which can be easily transmitted to people. A small turtle may seem harmless, giving parents a false sense that they’re a safe pet for children. But they’re not. The disease risk is so great that selling small turtles is illegal in the United States.
Salmonella is especially dangerous for children and senior citizens
In 2007, a baby girl in Florida died from Salmonella that was traced back to a pet turtle. The turtle was sold illegally at a flea market and given to the family.
Selling small turtles is illegal
Selling small turtles—with shells less than four inches long—was banned in 1975 to prevent the spread of Salmonella.
You don’t have to touch the turtle to get sick
You don’t have to touch the turtle to get sick because Salmonella can live on surfaces. A2006 study published in the journal Pediatrics found that exposure to reptiles was one of the biggest risk factors in determining whether infants get Salmonella.
Turtles need a lifetime of specialized care
Turtles are often sold as low maintenance pets, but the truth is they need special care and a lot of room to grow. Turtles will not survive in a small dish with a plastic palm tree.
If maintained properly, however, turtles can live for decades and grow to be a foot long. That’s a lifetime responsibility that many people are not prepared to meet.
Turtles should never be let loose outdoors
If you get a turtle and then decide you can’t care for the animal, there are not many options. Rescue groups are inundated with calls to take them. If they live, they can out-compete native species for food and habitat, threatening native biodiversity. The red-eared slider turtles common in the pet trade are native to only part of the United States, but are turning up where they are not native across the country and around the globe. They are now considered among the word’s 100 most invasive species.