The Gulf Coast Turtle & Tortoise Society (GCTTS) is an all volunteer organization that is a state and federally licensed non-profit organization that was founded in 1994 by a group in the Houston area concerned with the plight of turtles and tortoises.
This morning GCTTS received a call from Carl Franklin, herpetologist at UT Arlington and creator of the excellent site Texas Turtles. Carl had received a call from Jeff who deals in commercial real estate in Houston - see http://jefftrevino.com who had spotted a dead Alligator Snapping Turtle under the Sabine Street Bridge in downtown Houston.
The GCTTS is often asked about the sale of small water turtles. It is against federal regulations to sell or offer for sale turtle eggs or live turtles that are smaller than 4 inches in length.
by Anita Peddicord, Texas state & federal permitted wildlife rehabilitator
FIRST: If you can't afford the vet, you can't afford the pet!
Many studies have indicated that box turtles that are relocated away from thier home range seldom prosper and often die shortly after being relocated. Here are some studies that we are aware of. If you are aware of any scientific study concerning attempts to relocate box turtles, please use the CONTACT US link to let us know.
The following studies were brought to our attention by:
by Anita Peddicord, State & Federal Permitted Wildlife Rehabilitator
Attention Teachers with Classroom Turtles!
Did you know you could be killing your turtles if they are kept inside in tanks?