Tortoise Rescue: Finding Homes for Turtles - That Pet Place Blogs
We had pet turtles growing up with similar turtle homes like this one - always with a palm tree.
We offer an adoptions program to help displaced or unwanted pet turtles and tortoise find new, loving homes. We are licensed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to find new homes for unwanted and/or unreleasable pet native turtles. The adoptions program is funded strictly by donations. We do not receive any grants or reimbursement from DNR or the government.
We have lots of special needs eastern box turtles needing permanent homes. Most simply need a softer substrate such as long-fiber sphagnum moss and more observation rather than special care. Although box turtles need more space than most people realize, at least 8 square feet of "turtle table", they can be inquisitive and responsive to their keepers. Tess Cook's Box Turtles book, available in most pet stores, is a good start for anyone wanting a box turtle.
Turtles as Pets: Care & Information | PetSmart
Setup for New Turtle or Tortoise | PetSmart
It’s easy to fall in love with turtles. They are awesome creatures and have been around since the age of dinosaurs. It’s very popular to keep turtles as pets in our homes. Setting up the right habitat is crucial for them! This is our 5 step guide to setting up a pet turtle habitat. Of course, I can’t discuss sliders without mentioning the most popular pet turtle: the red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans). This beautiful turtle is known for the red markings near its eyes. What most people fail to realize, however, is that these turtles can eventually measure a foot long. Due to this fact, red-eared sliders have been the most neglected and abandoned turtle. This even led to Florida placing a ban on them as pets in 2007, but certain color morphs, such as albinos and pastels, are still legal to own and sell. Turtle rescue organizations are swamped with these turtles, and many can’t accept any more because it is just too difficult to find them homes. Please be absolutely sure you can properly house an adult if you’re considering a slider, cooter or any turtle for that matter.This is a very common problem. There are millions of pet turtles out there without homes. Here at the Turtle Rescue League we get calls all the time with people who want us to come and get their turtle or simply drop it off. I am sorry to say we cannot do that. We would be quickly overwhelmed with turtles, unable to help our native species, or special needs turtles, or even to care for the flood of incoming pets. Turtles make interesting pets, but potential owners should understand that these animals carry salmonella. Always wash your hands after handling a pet turtle. Homes with very young children, elderly or immune-impaired individuals should not consider owning a pet turtle.