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Posted by Engloid on April 26, 2003 at 22:03:31:
In Reply to: releasing a RES pet? posted by islesmetskid on April 26, 2003 at 20:21:27:
It will likely die, but even if it lives, it can cause serious problems with your area's natural species. Think of what kudzu has done...somebody probably thought it would be cool to plant it in the backyard, and now it has grown to be a problem, as it will overgrow even the largest trees and smother them from the sun...and that's a plant.
Releasing anything like an animal can be worse. It could even transmit diseases to the wild animals that would wipe them out in huge numbers and cause major ecological problems. Your turtle could very well carry bacteria that doesn't bother it, but could be very harmful to native species.
If you were faced with only 2 options...kill your animal or release it...killing it would be the best option, as you would be protecting many more animals in the wild by sacrificing yours..
but I do not reccomend killing your turtle. I'm sure you can find a store, an individual, a zoo or something to take it in.