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My son is really interested in getting a turtle. I however, am scared to death of him contracting salmonella. Is this of concern, or am I worrying about nothing? Turtle lovers please respond!
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Name: rebecca | Date: Jun 21st, 2005 9:20 PM
iam no turtle expert, ut when we were kids the people who lived next door to us had 3 turtles. we were always around there playin with them and watchin them, as far as i know as long as the water is kept clean and you wash your hands after holding them,all i know is that we were all ok. but if your worried go on a web site and try and find out more. good luck 

Name: Nick | Date: Jul 7th, 2005 12:11 PM
hi 

Name: CRYSTAL | Date: Aug 7th, 2005 8:00 AM
AS LONG AS YOU DONT LET YOUR SON HANDLE YOUR TURTLE YOU SHOULD HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT.I HAVE BEEN BREEDING TURTLES FOR 18 YEARS AND I HAVE A 7 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER.SHE HANDLES MY TURTLES ALL THE TIME AND I DONT WORRY ABOUT IT.MY DAD AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS THE OTHER DAY.HE HAS PLAYED WITH TURTLES HIS WHOLE LIFE AND HAS NEVER CONTRACTED IT.I REALLY DONT THINK YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT. 

Name: anonymous | Date: Sep 1st, 2005 1:33 AM
tutles are great pets in my experience. as long as your son washs his hands after playing with it he will be fine. i may be wwrong 

Name: marc | Date: Nov 23rd, 2005 1:21 AM
yes just keep washing your hands with anti-bactirial soap before and after you hold it or play with it. 

Name: AMBER | Date: Nov 29th, 2005 6:50 AM
Depends what kind of turtle you get but if you keep it clean and wash your hands it should be fine. Water turtles though like the red eared slider turtle ( i dont know how old your son is) but they need a lot of care (as any animal) but they have to be able to completely cover themselves in water, and be able to get out of water... and they can get pretty big but they're real sweeties 


Name: Angela | Date: Dec 13th, 2005 10:10 PM
We have had a turtle for 8 years now, (when I got him, I didn't know that they carried salmonella), and I have 5 kids. They have not gotten sick at all. I make sure they wash their hands w/ antibacterial soap when they do touch him and I'm the one that cleans his tank. 

Name: Illse2003 | Date: Dec 18th, 2005 2:12 AM
Turtles are not really recommended for young children, because of that reason. But if you are going to get him a turtle, just take simple precautions such as: makes sure he washes his hands properly after handling turtle, and avoid him kissing the turtle and don't feed ur turtle raw meat ( as this reduces their chances of carrying salmonella). 

Name: Amy | Date: Jan 4th, 2006 6:22 PM
I had ALOT of turtles growing up and was not the best at washing my hands everytime I touched them, nothing happened to me. I have heard that about turtles before so I would do some research, maybe ask your pediatrician. 

Name: Penny | Date: Jan 5th, 2006 12:08 PM
LOLOL.....isn't it funny...as we all grew up at one time or another...we all had some kind of turtle...most of us *caught* ours...mine came from a lil pond by our house..he was the tiniest lil thing...and we never got sick handling him/her...lol...seems nowadays....we can get more things from more things...why is back then..we never did???...did we change...or did they....orrrr did some ppls way of thinking change??? i can't remember washing my hands....not after just holding a turtle...but it is a good idea to wash...i have to agree with it...but back then....young girl...oh who cares it's just a turtle...now with my grand daughter....wash your hands...can't hurt....enjoy your new addition... 

Name: Christina | Date: Jan 23rd, 2006 5:44 PM
Okay....Red Eared Sliders have to be 4" in diameter in order to be legal as a pet or to sell in a pet store. It's the some with box turtles. And it has been that way since the 70's I believe. The reason is because they DO have salmanella!! That doen't mean that you'll get the poisoning. It's all on cleanliness. And most people do not do what it takes to keep a clean appriate invironment. If it's a water turtle you have to clean the tank at least once a week and lightly bleach everything to sterilize it.
I work in a pet store and I can tell you exactly how to take care of one if anyone would like to know. I don't think there's anything wrong with having on for your child as long as you take the precacions necessary. (sorry I know my spellings a bit off!!) 

Name: ferns angel | Date: Feb 18th, 2006 3:34 AM
it is a concern mainly only baby turtles carry salmonella you could probably buy an adult if you do buy a baby make sure that youwash your hands thouroughly after handling 

Name: mmm | Date: Feb 23rd, 2006 11:09 PM
hi I an thinking of getting a turle but 

Name: LLLLL | Date: Feb 28th, 2006 12:47 PM
How much are turtles????? 

Name: sydney | Date: Mar 15th, 2006 12:25 AM
i love turtles 

Name: jason | Date: Apr 1st, 2006 12:47 AM
hi , i was wondering if i could add one red eraed slider (already have one) to my 30 gallon tank but the tank is not full, it is only half way. do i have to raise the water to all the way for just one or two. 

Name: bob | Date: Apr 1st, 2006 12:54 AM
can i add a baby red eared slider with a big (4inches) red eared slider????????????????????????????????? 

Name: uWBFVBFRUJBGFV | Date: Apr 9th, 2006 5:01 PM
I LOVE EWOKS 

Name: Angie | Date: Apr 21st, 2006 12:59 AM
Hey guys I need your help if at all possible. I have a 75 gallon tank and would like to set it up with fish and maybe one or two turtles but don't want to get one that will get too big. Are there any aquatic turtles that don't get bigger then 2 to 3 inches big. Any information is greatly appreciated. My email address is ih8billg8ts@hotmail.com 

Name: kevin | Date: Apr 29th, 2006 6:59 PM
turtles rock 

Name: Nett | Date: May 6th, 2006 2:52 PM
I've found what I believe is a box turtle.I have never had a turtle before so I'm excited and hoping I am able to keep it and care for it properly. I'm afraid it will miss the outdoors if I don't provide what is needed for it to stay home and be a part of my family.PLEASE HELP! 

Name: ANONYMOUS | Date: May 9th, 2006 11:34 PM
LET HIM HAVE IT !! HE WON'T GET SALMONELLA IF HE WASHES HIS HANDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Name: Sarah | Date: May 21st, 2006 6:28 PM
I've had my turtle for almost a year. As long as you properly take care of them, the threat is pretty slim. My son is 5 and he handles him. But he also knows to use the Germ-X bottle I have by the tank, too...:) 

Name: Kayla | Date: Jul 2nd, 2006 8:23 AM
My turtle's tank won't stay clean and I clean it alot !! 

Name: star | Date: Jul 10th, 2006 1:37 AM
No, i wouldn't worry at all. Just buy the turtle from a reliable petstore. i'd still wash your hands after handling them. thing is, people worry so much about something, and it turns out nothing ever happens! 

Name: tim | Date: Jul 12th, 2006 1:55 PM
no way turtles can be dirty but also good pets 

Name: Marilyn | Date: Jul 19th, 2006 2:48 PM
I think it is something to be scard about if you get one you will need to get it cheked at a vet near you 

Name: Sydney | Date: Jul 23rd, 2006 7:10 PM
I just got my RES yesterday. It is great fun to handle him. And I wash my hands every time after I do. But if you get your son in the habit of washing his hands after handling the turtle, everthing should be fine I guaruntee it........I work in an animal Hospital! =) 

Name: shari | Date: Jul 31st, 2006 12:50 PM
I have 4 box turtles that live outside in a nice picket fenced in area with grasses and other safe plants for shade. I also have young kids and as long as you make the children wash their hands after they hold the turtles they will be fine. Just get him use to washing his hands everytime he puts the turtle down. 

Name: Eric and Victorea | Date: Aug 6th, 2006 10:55 PM
just wash hands before and after.and dont let him put in mouth and he'll be ok 

Name: alana | Date: Aug 8th, 2006 1:00 AM
my turtles dont eat (milly and jeffory) jeffory dosent swim milly swims they both dont eat what should i do? 

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