Originally Posted by Pleco
I saw these for sale in a local fish store, and it had a disclaimer about being sold for educational purposes only or something to that affect, along with a wash hands thoroughly after handling sign. Wonder if California bans them except for educational purposes and the fish store just uses a loophole to be able to legally sell them. The ones i saw were small, no more than 2" shells. How big do they get? Can 1 be kept in a 10G?
It is illegal to sell them in the US under 4 inches in shell length, unless it's for educational purposes. So yes, MANY pet stores found the loophole. One of the big reasons is that, in the 70's when RES's became more popular, people were contracting salmonella from them. I guess they assume that ones that are over 4 inches have lived long enough to not carry salmonella..I'm not sure.
I have 2 RES of my own, they are great pets.
Rich, you don't have problems with yours and the small gravel? I had to switch my gravel out for river rock because the turtles were eating it.
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