Small Green Turtles as Pets - No more?

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Anonymous:
As a kid back in the 1960's I had several small turtles 2-3 inches long, green with a red stripe down the sides of the neck. Seemed like every kid had them.
I have some memory of them now being illegal to own. I've not seen them in any pet stores in ages.
anyone got anything more definitive about the availability of them?

thx - Craig
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Judy Scobee:
Hi Craig! They're called red-eared slider turtles, it's against the law to sell baby turtles like these . . . they must be 4" (?) round . . . . at Pet shops. They can be hard to find as kids really shouldn't play with them . . . . due to salmonila backteria (you have to wash your hands very good after touching them & kids tend to rub their faces with their hands and may even put their fingers in their mouths - or eat finger foods - right after playing with the turtle . . . . . . . then, get very sick!). Call around some pet shops, you may find them. Prices are around $5. to $20. or so. Hope this helps! Emotion: rolleyes I have a female = about 3 yrs. old!
= Judy =
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Black-Box Abstraction:
[nq:1]As a kid back in the 1960's I had several small turtles 2-3 inches long, green with a red stripe ... them in any pet stores in ages. anyone got anything more definitive about the availability of them? thx - Craig[/nq]
from what I've heard, turtles back in the day were little because of lack of UV light, not because of nature. They sound like maybe red-ear sliders that were stunted because of this?
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Chris McMartin:
[nq:1]Hi Craig! They're called red-eared slider turtles, it's against the law to sell baby turtles like these . . . ... $5. to $20. or so. Hope this helps! Emotion: rolleyes I have a female = about 3 yrs. old![/nq]
You can often find them under 4" at reptile trade shows, and even at some shopping malls (they still sell them there with the appalling little palm-tree dishes and dried "turtle food"). Technically to sell a turtle under 4" you have to be buying it for "educational purposes," but this usually amounts to the seller having an appropriately-worded disclaimer at their booth.
The turtles under 4" were banned because of an outbreak of salmonella back in the 60s/70s through which it was discovered parents were buying the little turtles for their children and letting them take baths with them, put them in their mouths, etc. Instead of encouraging responsible parenting, the FDA decided a 4" or larger turtle won't fit in a kid's mouth and banned anything smaller.
The better solution would have been through education. Treat any reptile (and most other animals!) like you would a raw piece of chicken. You won't get sick merely by handling them, but practice good hygeine afterwards. It's worked for me my whole 30-some years, as well as for my own offspring.

By the way, your turtle(s) in the 60s-70s may not have grown much larger before they died, but redears can grow to over a foot long and need enclosures commensurate with this size.
Chris

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Yutz:
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"Chris McMartin" [/nq]
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bizbee:
[nq:1]Instead of encouraging responsible parenting, the FDA decided a 4" or larger turtle won't fit in a kid's mouth and banned anything smaller.[/nq]
Seriously... which do you think is easier here?
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