The Reptile Report - Nearly 300 juvenile turtles died in mid-July after a water line break affected the water supply to some of the turtle tanks at the Cayman Turtle Farm in...
Interpreting FDA Regulations on Turtles
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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