Florida Box Turtle. Picture by Jonathan Zander

Turtles are reptiles of the order Chelonii or Testudines characterised by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs and acting as a shield. Turtles are also popular pets kept by millions due to their unique, interesting behavior and their unique look. There are many different species of turtles that are popular in the pet trade. Many of them such as the box and map turtles originate from the united states. Other popular pet turtles include slider and mud turtles.

Pet turtles used to be even more popular pets before the 4 inch regulation was enacted in the united states. The 4 inch regulation make sit illegal for pet stores and other commercial operations to sell turtles that are smaller than 4 inch across the shell. The regulation was enacted to combat salmonella but also reduce impulse purchase of turtles.

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Picture of Florida Box Turtle By Jonathan Zander