Don’t shop… adopt!
If you are ready for a life-long commitment and are considering a pet turtle, please look into adopting animals from others no longer able to care for them. Contact a re-homing organization such as Little RESQ.
Never take a wild turtle home as a pet or release an exotic pet into the wild!
While habitat loss and road mortalities remain the largest overall threat to Ontario’s turtles, it is thought that poaching for the pet trade has been devastating to some species, such as Spotted turtles, Wood turtles and Blanding’s turtles. Never take a turtle (or any wild animal) home with you; not only is this illegal in Ontario, but it is also damaging to wild turtle populations.
Turtles such as Red-eared Sliders are not native to Ontario, and releasing them into the wild can cause huge problems for our own native turtles. These non-native species often carry diseases that can be deadly to our own turtles. Also, the competition they present is also detrimental to Ontario’s turtles. Many pet turtle species live in a warmer climate than Ontario’s turtles, and won’t survive in our temperature zone. Sliders do survive, however, and have even been found to breed in the wild in Ontario. Our turtles don’t need another threat, so please re-home instead of releasing!