Does owning a turtle for a pet hurt the population of turtles in the wild?



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    Essentially, yes, although the degree of the damage depends on what turtle species you are talking about. North American box turtles are known to suffer from being raised in captivity. Wild box turtles living in an ideal environment have a potential life span up to 100 years, but the average life span of captive box turtles is closer to only 40 to 50 years.

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    Only if your pet is wild born and taken from the wild. A captive bred pet should have no effect on wild populations, and if anything help reduce the number of turtles taken from the wild. Captive bred turtles also may have fewer health problems.

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