While turtles are indeed cute and peaceful animals, not all families are necessarily a good match. There’s a lot to think about, so we’re here to help! Let’s start with the most important question.
Are turtles safe pets? Turtles are safe pets, but turtle owners must be trained to handle and care for them safely. Turtles (and tortoises) can carry salmonella and other harmful bacteria. Other pets can also pose a safety risk to pet turtles.
In general, turtles seem to make good pets for a wide variety of families, but not all. Below, we’ll look at some specific recommendations for families with small children, other pets, pregnant or breastfeeding women, and more. See where you and your family fit on this list and decide if a turtle is right for you!