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Q: in petco how much do turtles cost?

August 15, 2008 | By jessica r. | 4 answers | Expired: 2212 days ago

jessica r.

the turtles should be small like baby turtles

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Robin
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Aug 19, 2008

As far as I know, all aquatic turtles under four inches are not permitted to be sold, because of the salmonella risk. The cost of the turtle is not really the expesive part. The most common aquatic turtle is the Red-Eared Slider, and that is most likely what you will find at an ordinary petstore (such as Petco), not including specialty stores. They will grow to be 10 to 12 inches with proper care, and they will reach that size within 3 years. Turltes need a full spectrum light, which usually costs around $40 minimum. They also will need a large aquarium (i would say 50 gallons minimum) which can cost several hundred dollars. They will also need a heater for the water, around $20 and a dock, around $35. It does get expensive fast.

Being a Red-Eared Slider owner myself, I know that this is not impossible. Just consider all of this before you buy a turtle.

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Jessica H.
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Aug 18, 2008

PetCo turtles should never come from the wild; they get them from suppliers who breed them. At least, they're supposed to. If a turtle comes from the wild, it's because the supplier took it, not PetCo.

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Heather
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Aug 18, 2008

It wouldn't hurt to do some research on breeder in the area, or go to a herp fair to find a new pet. It is always best to know exactly where your exotics come from - and that way if you have a problem you can reach the expert who bred them to answer any questions you might have. It would be good, when buying an exotic pet anywhere, to get contact information from the breeder to ensure they do not collect from the wild. Ask for references, and if there is a health guarantee. A petco turtle could have been taken from the wild, and if it gets sick you have to figure out which vet is appropriate for the little guy.
Look for rescues too, they do exist, and sometimes to find a good home, they will let a pet go for a reduced rate.

www.turtlehomes.org/usa/
Good luck.

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