What types of turtles make good pets for children?


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All turtles and reptiles carry Salmonella, which is especially dangerous for children and senior citizens, and the United States has outlawed the selling of small turtles as of 2015, according to the Humane Society. Turtles of any kind are not considered good pets for children.

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Children 5 years of age or younger should not have a turtle in the home and neither should people with compromised immune systems due to cancer, organ transplants, pregnancy, diabetes or liver problems reports the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Turtles are also difficult to take care of because they have specific lighting, water filtration and temperature needs. If a family insists on purchasing a pet turtle, Reptiles Magazine recommends the painted turtle or the common musk turtle.

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