Wildlife managers want pet owners to find permanent homes for unwanted turtles rather than setting them free. One of the most common pet-trade turtles is the red-eared slider. They’re often sold as cute, little hatchlings but grow rapidly and eventually need a large space to roam.
The Minnesota DNR is asking the owners of unwanted turtles and other animals to find their pets “forever homes,” places where the animals can be cared for and watched after for the rest of their lives. Owners are advised not to release the animals – even if they are a species native to Minnesota – into the wild. The pets may harbor diseases that could be potentially harmful to them, or other wildlife, following their release, the DNR said in a press release Tuesday.
We are surrounded by wildlife here in Minnesota. Every once in a while you’ll see a sick or injured animal. The Twin Cities is home to one of the largest independent wildlife medical centers in the nation.
It’s the time of year when turtles of all shapes and sizes are on the move. Many, including the Blandings Turtle, cross busy roadways to lay their eggs. The Blandings is a protected species in Minnesota, and some in the south metro worry it’s even more at risk in their neighborhood.
If you see a turtle crossing a road this spring, the DNR advises you to leave it alone.
They’ve come a long way from the toxic ooze-infested sewers.
New York air traffic was affected by some turtles on the runways at JFK airport yesterday.