REPTILES – Turtles
Turtles are fascinating, quiet and relatively undemanding in nature. This can make them an appealing option as a pet. Owning a pet turtle, however, won’t be for every household. They aren’t particularly interactive or cuddly creatures, they can carry diseases, and turtles also have amazing long lifespans which make them a long-time commitment for their owner. All turtles have complex housing and feeding requirements that can be expensive. If you do decide to house a turtle, there are a wide variety of turtle species, and some make better pets than others. Some will grow to a very large size, others are known for being more sociable and less aggressive than others, and they will all have different requirements in terms of space, lighting and diet. If purchasing a turtle do your research to make the best choice and never take in a wild turtle as a pet. Chances are they won’t do well in captivity. As an option you may want to look into adopting from a shelter, your local turtle society or http://www.petfinder.com before buying one. If you do buy, make absolutely sure it’s been born in captivity. The following turtle species could be considered if purchasing one as a pet: Eastern Box Turtle, Yellow-Bellied Slider, Sotted Turtle, Mississippi Map Turtle, Reeve’s Turtle, or Wood Turtle.