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Go slow on turtle pets

  • Mid-Atlantic Turtle & Tortoise Society photos Turtles, like this Eastern Box turtle, may seem like the perfect low-maintenance pet but experts say you should know what you’re getting into first and how much work will be involved.

  • Turtles are becoming popular pets, but though they seem easy it doesn’t mean they are. Like with any pet, research is needed.

  • Garden State Tortoise This 2015 photo provided by Chris Leone of Garden State Tortoise shows a Eastern Hermann’s tortoise in Galloway, N.J. Turtles may seem like the perfect low-maintenance pet _ less work than dogs and cats and more interactive than fish. And they can make wonderful pets. But experts say you should know what you’re getting into first and how much work will be involved. (Chris Leone/Garden State Tortoise via AP)

  • Garden State Tortoise This 2016 photo provided by Chris Leone of Garden State Tortoise shows a head close-up of a Russian Tortoise in Galloway, N.J. Turtles may seem like the perfect low-maintenance pet _ less work than dogs and cats and more interactive than fish. And they can make wonderful pets. But experts say you should know what you’re getting into first and how much work will be involved. (Chris Leone/Garden State Tortoise via AP)

Though they seem easy to care for, do your homework first

While turtles might seem like the perfect pet – less work than dogs and cats, more interactive than fish – there are a few things to keep in mind before buying one.

“They are definitely becoming more popular as pets. Some of them are very beautiful and they can be easily purchased over the internet. But there’s no such thing as an easy pet,” says Katrina Smith, adoptions coordinator for the Maryland-based Mid-Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society.

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First, never take a wild turtle as a pet.

“Chances are they won’t do well in captivity,” Smith says. “Look into adopting a turtle from your local turtle society or www.petfinder.com before buying one. And if you do buy, make absolutely sure it’s been born in captivity.”

Locally, there is no city ordinance against owning turtles, says Holly Pasquinelli, education specialist for…


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