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Posted by Katrina on September 29, 2002 at 19:58:06:
In Reply to: Baby Turtles posted by sejuka on September 17, 2002 at 23:45:13:
Try this and let me know how it works. Print out the above website, and mail the hard copy annonymously to the pet store, adding that you WILL be contacting the authorities if they don't stop selling hatchlings. It might not be a bad idea to mail a copy of your letter to the local animal control and city/county council or Better Business Bureau. If you think the store is renting space from a property management, you can also get the info on that and mail this to the rental agent, with a short note explaining that the store is selling illegal hatchlings with the wrong info, and you will call the authorities of the practice does not stop. Hopefully, the two or three annonymous letters will deter the store from selling the hatchlings.
Besides the lack of care info, I hate the fact that the stores/vendors/dealers are selling so cheaply an animal that basically does not make a good, long-term pet for the average consumer. Sliders get up to 11 inches, and really do best in ponds. But, since they are not native to most of the US, they should not be released to native waters. So, an outdoor pond in an enclosed yard or an indoor pond are best for housing adult sliders, especially females.
:My husband and I recently purchased two baby RES's from a pet store. I didn't realize that they weren't allowed to sell turtles less than four inches in length when we purchased them, and they are far smaller than that. This store still has a tank with about 15 babies, and every other time I've been there they have had at least that many. I'm not quite sure how to handle the situation from here. Should I report this? Is there some tyoe of permit they could have for selling babies? I don't really want to get anyone in trouble, but I don't want to let them continue selling baby turtles to impulse buyers either if there is a way to prevent it. Any hints?