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Q: Can I take a turtle to America?

I found these awesomely cute coin-sized turtles in China, but the problem is that my family is going back to America soon, is there a posible way to take a turtle back? And their real, not rocks, incase you are wondering

7 years 17 weeks ago in  General  - China

 
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I assume you're referring to the common painted turtle (mossy green and bright yellow stripes)? You can get them stateside. The cool thing about turtles as pets is that it's easy to contract salmonella poisoning from them if you don't wash your hands after handling them and they stink (like flamingos and potheads, they prefer living in their own filth). If it's the 'shell-less" turtles, then you're S.O.L as you'll never be able to get clearance to take them overseas (invasive species and all that).

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I tried to take one of the Ninja Turtles home on my last trip but he got aggro when asked for his passport and drew his sword......it was all over then. They ripped off his mask and saw it was a Japanese turtle....a massacre!

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Sorry for all those dick head comments.

Unfortunately its really hard to take anything other than dogs or cats back home. You could try a pet relocation agent http://www.doctorsbeckandstone.com/index.php/pet-relocation-concierge

Good luck.

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you gotta cook it first

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They don't live long. Years you could buy small painted turtles in any department store. They can also carry salmonella.

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Sorry, but this would not be allowed. Dogs and Cats can be vaccinated, not sure if the turtle can, besides, you see what happens when people with exotic pets discard their pythons into the wild. Have you seen the picture of the python in Florida that was spit in half after attacking and killing a 12 foot gator, super awesome, also scary.

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