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Posted by turtlecrazed on March 18, 2003 at 00:29:10:
In Reply to: Re: Painted in NC posted by nathana on March 13, 2003 at 14:01:36:
:painteds are native to NC (I'm in NC). It's highly unlikely this animal was once a pet and then she found it. Even if it were, releasing it where it was found is the best bet. Painteds are extremely common in the pet trade, and sell for $5-$15, so folks will more often go find one at a reptile expo or pet store than look for adoption. Ask her to do what's best for the animal, take it where she found it and release it. It will take care of itself just fine.
I have to disagree with you. Releasing a turtle with an unknown background is hazardous. MAYBE the odds of it being a pet aren't high, but the small chance that it was, is not worth exposing the entire population to illness.
Yes, painteds are common in the pet trade, but RES are more common. I adopt both out regularly. Finding homes is not a problem. There are many people out there who would rather give a loving home to a turtle in need than support the turtle farming industry.
Assuming a turtle will take care of itself just fine is not what's best for the turtle. There are too many gray areas here.
I'm not trying to bicker or anything, just stating my views and opinions from my experience. :)