Where can I buy a Turtle?
See below for a copy of an article written by Joshua Sukenick, Owner of Turtle Towns. Joshua wrote this to help new owners get comfortable with what they need. This article explains all of the items/equipment to consider when buying a new Turtle or Tortoise.
Captive Care Information from Turtle Towns!
Congratulations on purchasing your new turtle! In an effort to ensure the best possible care for your animals Turtle Towns provides the following information. These are our recommendations to help in acclimating and keeping your new turtle healthy.
Turtle Towns offers all you need for your turtles. We work hard to provide only the highest quality animals and equipment. We have kept and bred turtles for over 20 years. We only sell items we use ourselves in our setups. Often we’ve selected them for specific advantages they have over similar items from other manufacturers. We’ll be glad to use our years of experience to help you create the best possible home for your turtle. We can also get almost any animal product through our wholesalers. If you want something specific that you do not see on our website, please ask us if we can get it.
- Turtles require extensive setups and routine maintenance to remain healthy. Properly housing and feeding your turtle is critical to their health and longevity.
- Turtles do NOT grow to the size of their enclosures like fish do. A turtle WILL outgrow small tanks, usually in only a year or two!
- Turtles should NEVER be released into the wild or taken out of it. Even if your turtle does OK in the wild, it could spell disaster for existing native turtle populations! Many people out there will adopt your turtle if you no longer want it. There are even rescue agencies that will care for your unwanted turtles until better homes can be found.
- Turtles are not social creatures. They do not get lonely and do not need a friend. They are not cuddly and are happier if left alone much of the time. You can always put more than one turtle in the same tank, though some species tend to be more aggressive and some may fight, so this is best handled on a case by case basis.
- Turtles DO carry salmonella (so do all other reptiles). It is a bacteria in their digestive system and can be released when they go to the bathroom. It’s usually harmless as long as careful practices are enforced. You should ALWAYS wash your hands well with soap and water after touching ANY reptile. Never eat after handling a turtle unless you’ve washed your hands first. If you wash your hands with soap, it becomes highly unlikely that you will contract salmonella from your turtle. You have a better chance of getting it through foods you eat than through your turtles- IF you wash your hands.
- Turtles are not great pets for little kids. We discourage a turtle as a pet for any kids less than 6-8 years of age. However, if the parents maintain the turtle and supervise their child’s play time with the animal, then it can be done. Even with younger teens, they often will lose interest and care of the animal will fall back to the parents. Keep this in mind when allowing a young teen to buy a turtle.
- BUY GOOD EQUIPMENT!! Maintaining a healthy turtle is FAR easier and less work with a better setup. Invest more upfront and your turtle will not only be happier, but you will too. With proper setups and equipment care becomes very easy. The less you spend on the equipment, the more time and effort the turtle becomes.