|Description:||This was a turtle display inside a pet store, which featured these two red-eared slider turtles, Trachymys scripta elegans, that were lazily posed in contact upon a piece of faux driftwood made of epoxy resin, as they were warming themselves under the overhead display illumination. Care need be taken when purchasing turtles, for the consumer needs to know that these reptiles can potentially carry germs known as Salmonella, which are can be dangerous, especially to children.|
In fact, the sale of turtles less than 4 inches in length has been banned in the United States since 1975. The ban by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has prevented an estimated 100,000 cases of salmonellosis annually in children.
There are a number of ways one can prohibit the spread of these bacteria, but of the utmost importance, when handling turtles and other potential Salmonella carriers, wash your hands thoroughly, and keep small children under the age of five, the elderly, and anyone who is immunocompromised away from direct contact with these creatures. For additional information on prevention and safety, please visit the link below!