Interpreting FDA Regulations on Turtles

Feb 11, 2013
The Reptile Report
by Robyn

The Reptile Report - Federal restrictions precluding the sale of baby turtles whose shells are under 4″, including all animals commonly known as turtles, tortoises, terrapins, and all other animals of the order Testudinata, class Reptilia, except marine species (families Dermochelyidae and Chelonidae) went into effect in 1975.

Generally speaking, the sale of all all chelonians with a carapace less than 4 inches in length, including tortoises and box turtles, not just water turtles and with the exception of sea turtles is prohibited by federal law.  However, there are limited exceptions.

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