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       A family member purchased 2 yellow belly turtles a couple of years ago without research and now we have 2 turtles that are probably 4"-5".  We have run out of room and have no idea how to give them away.  My son has taken great care of the turtles but now they have outgrown us.  If you have any suggestions that would be greatly appreciated.  We want to do the right thing, and have run out of options.

         Thanks in advance,


         Brandon, MS

Hi Jon,

I appreciate your wanting to find a good home for your turtles.  Many people simply dump them when they get too big.  Unfortunately, YBS can be fairly common in rescues, so finding new homes isn't that easy.  However, I do know someone who may be able to help and she does have contacts all over the South.  I don't want to list her rescue publicly because I don't want her to be overwhelmed, but if you can post back and set it to *private* and then give me your email, I can email you the information.  Thanks!


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Questions regarding husbandry of Russian tortoises and other Mediterranean species, sulcata, and redfoot tortoises; general tortoise and turtle care; box turtle care. If I can't answer a specific question, I can provide sources for further research. Disclaimer: My advice is not a substitute for vet care. If I think your tortoise/turtle has a specific medical condition or injury that warrants a vet visit, I'll tell you so, and if possible I'll help you locate a vet. It is neither legal nor ethical for me to provide veterinary advice.


I have kept and bred Russian tortoises for over ten years and have other Mediterranean species plus redfoots and box turtles. I've worked with other tortoise and turtle species while doing volunteer rescue work; mostly sulcata but some leopards, California desert tortoises, yellowfoots, all box turtle species, red-eared sliders, etc. I don't personally keep aquatic species, but have access to a wealth of information and research to help you with any questions you might have.

My knowledge is based on hands-on experience keeping, breeding, and working with tortoises and turtles.

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