7 Things to Know About Keeping Turtles as Pets

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Turtles are very popular pets, especially for people who live in a small house, have children, or for those who are allergic to other animals. You can admire and appreciate them, but not necessarily cuddling with. 

But, before adopting a turtle as a pet, you should know that they live a better life in the wild. According to animal experts, turtles have certain needs that could not be met at home, but in their specific environment. “No two turtle species are exactly alike. However, they have one thing in common: They typically do not make good pets,” says Sharon Deem, DVM, PhD, director of the Saint Louis Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Medicine.

So, here are some things that you should know before adopting a turtle as a pet! Read on to find out more!

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