Turtles can be great, low-maintenance pets, but there’s an added risk: Salmonella. Salmonella is a type of bacteria. You can’t see it without a microscope, but it can make people very sick.
But all is not lost. Turtles are still great pets, but you should take precautions to protect your family. Good hygiene, such as washing your hands after handling a turtle, is very important. Make sure you get your pet turtle from a reputable source, and talk to your veterinarian about taking care of your pet turtle and preventing disease.