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Let’s Celebrate World Turtle Day!

Turtles, when handled properly, can make wonderful first pets[caption id="attachment_7085" align="alignleft" width="251" caption="Turtles, when handled properly, can make wonderful first pets"][/caption] What better way to celebrate World Turtle Day than by sharing fun turtle facts and talking turtle care. Turtles make great pets, but they do require proper handling. Here's how you should handle your turtle: - Before picking up your turtle, use hand sanitizer or soap and water to clean your hands. - Allow your hands to dry before handling any companion animal. - It is recommended that you always hold aquatic turtles with two hands. They are strong and are known for being able to push away from your grip with their feet. - A calm turtle can be held with two hands around the back half of its shell. - Aquatic turtles can bite. If, while handling a turtle, it begins to bite, continue to hold the turtle with two hands. Change the position of your hands to securely hold the back third of the turtle's shell. This will allow you to remove your hands and fingers from the head of the turtle. - Aquatic turtles should always be held around their shells and never by their appendages - Always wash or sanitize your hands after handling an aquatic turtle to reduce the risk of Salmonella - Note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cautions that children under the age of five,¬†pregnant women and¬†immunocompromised people should not keep turtles as pets. [caption id="attachment_7086" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Yellow sliders have beautiful markings."][/caption] Know the Signs of a Healthy Turtle: - Active and alert - Eats regularly - Healthy, hard shell with no lesions - Clear, bright eyes with no swelling - Healthy skin with no sores - Clear nose and vent Aquatic Turtle Fun Facts - Petco aquatic turtles are raised on and eat a pelleted food diet - Red-ear slider turtles are very social and will often come up and greet you. However, this is known mostly as a feeding response, meaning they expect you to feed them! - Red-ear sliders are great turtles to keep in ponds as well as in the appropriate sized glass habitat. They love to climb out of the water and bask. - Red-ear sliders can live more than 25 years in captivity and grow to over 10 inches, so it's important to understand their care needs and the commitment involved in owning one. - Aquatic turtles breathe air and cannot be exclusively kept under water. They need a place to get out and bask. Anyone who needs to relinquish a turtle with less than a 4-inch carapace can do so at any Petco. You can find your local Petco here. You can read about the Petco Turtle Relinquishment Program here.      

The Petco Turtle Relinquishment Program

The Turtle Relinquishment Program is designed to help turtle fans return turtles that have a carapace length of less than 4 inches.

[caption id="attachment_7077" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The Turtle Relinquishment Program is designed to help turtle fans return turtles that have a carapace length of less than 4 inches."][/caption] Due to recent Salmonella outbreaks, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is encouraging anyone who has an aquatic turtle smaller than the federally mandated 4-inch carapace length [...]