Wednesday, December 23, 2015

It's illegal to sell or distribute pet turtles with shells less than 4 inches long because they spread salmonella.

It is illegal to sell turtles with shells of 4 inches or less in the U.S.  They are commonly found at flee markets.

The problem is they carry salmonella.

"Now salmonella infections tied to the tiny critters are back, public health officials reported Wednesday in the journal Pediatrics. From May 2011 through September 2013, turtle-associated salmonella was linked to eight outbreaks across 41 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, covering 473 illnesses. Some 28 percent of those sickened had to be hospitalized."

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Buying any type animal at a flee market is dangerous.  But this one can make your child very sick or even kill them.

Do not go flushing your turtles.  Call the zoo or the animal shelter for guidance.  But if they have a shell of 4 inches or less, then you need to remove them from your home.

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