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Posted by seaducer9 on September 13, 2002 at 17:23:08:
In Reply to: info on getting a pet turtle posted by sherrylynn on September 13, 2002 at 09:37:55:
:I'd really like a small turtle but don't know anything about them.
First off, I think it is great that you are looking for information prior to getting an animal, too many people don't and that only results in unhappy owners and neglected animals.
Next, sine you live in PA you can buy turtles in pet shops, but I would strongly advise you not to. Your best be is to find a reptile show in your area. There is one in Hamburg I believe every year, maybe someone can expand on this?
The type of turtle you get will dictate the feeding and housing and this can vary greatly between species. If you don't have allot of time and money for indoor ponds and cleaning I would stay away from water turtles. These are messy and time consuming.
I can't really go into to much detail here, but I posted a link to a good web site, which has some more specific info, and will help you to pick out the right turtle for you.
One more thought is that there are a few turtle rescue societys around, these might be your best source of info and also to adopt a turtle that somebody gave up. The site I listed below may have info on this, if not I will look and post another url later on, of course if anybody else knows of any that would be great, turtles aren't really my strong suit...