Turtles and tortoises belong in the wild, not as pets. The HSUS
So in the end the turtle is one of the few pets that can have an offensive and a defensive abillty, which puts it in the top of PvE pets.
If you — or your kids — are determined to own a turtle, buy one that's been born and raised in captivity. (Eastern box and three-toed box turtles both do well as pets.) It'll be used to eating "turtle food" and living in confinement, and won't be as easily stressed as a wild-caught critter. Don't forget, these animals can live 25 to 30 years, so it's a long-term commitment. And always scrub up after handling a turtle.
Forty years ago, the U.S. outlawed the sale of small turtles as pets because they harbor salmonella, a bacterium that causes a highly unpleasant and occasionally deadly illness in humans.
So, am I saying wild turtles are better pets?
Common aquatic turtles as pets found in pet stores include:
Turtles are wild animals that belong in the ocean, but turtles also make very good pets. Turtles need to be cared for just like every other pet. They need to have a good diet and plenty of room. Pet turtles are usually kept in a box with rocks and water, but you need to take them out and play with them at least once a day. Food for turtles include green vegetables such as broccoli leaves and cabbage, fruit, snails, chopped up earthworms, slugs, snails, shrimp with the shell, and chopped up fish (keep fish slightly frozen or thawed to get rid of parasites). A turtle may die very early in captivity, but with the proper care and diet, turtles can live for many decades. Unlike cats and dogs that require expensive procedures such as shots, operations, grooming products, medicine, etc. Turtles aren’t as complicated to have as a pet.At the Turtle Rescue League, we like to try to help people find ways to keep their pets. As a rescue, we have many simple and cost-effective methods of upgrading habitats and providing great care. Whether you have a turtle already or are , please be sure to do your research first. Turtles can make amazing pets, but poor care can have devastating results.There are many species of turtles that are commonly kept as pets. With a proper set-up, a good diet, and a loving home, many turtles can live anywhere from 60-100 years! Unfortunately, many people get a turtle as a pet without understanding the full care requirements. This leads many people to give up their beloved pets. You may be surprised to know that Red-eared sliders, a very common pet turtle, are actually the most abandoned pet in the country. These freshwater turtles were originally discovered in eastern and southern Africa. They make great pets because they are most active during the daytime, and are easily acquired since they are not on the endangered species list.