Snuggling This Kind Of Pet Is Making People Across America Sick
They say that a salmonella outbreak in 11 different states is linked to pet snuggling and they’re warning people with TURTLES that touching, petting, fondling, and snuggling their pet turtles is dangerous because the outbreak has been linked to turtle snuggling. That’s SNUGGLING, with an, “n”. Not SMUGGLING, with an “m”.
This is especially true for small turtles, you know, the extra snuggly ones (wait, what?). According to the warning from the CDC, small turtles have the largest amount of salmonella in and on their bodies. The salmonella ends up being transferred to any surface that slow little bugger touches. It’s in the aquarium, in the water, in the feces, everywhere.
Here’s a fun fact: There are federal laws against selling turtles under 4 inches long because those little guys are loaded with salmonella. Who knew? Now you know. However, here in New Jersey this website claims that owning a turtle is perfectly legal. My best guess is that the Federal law supersedes the state law, but I don’t know for sure.
The signs of turtle salmonella sickness include stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever, nausea, vomiting, and more not-so-fun stuff so stop snuggling your turtle.
Before we move on, can we have a moment on this? I totally understand snuggling with your dog or cat. I get snuggling with your pet ferret, if you have one. But pet snuggling with your pet turtle? That’s actually a thing? Who’s looking at that hard shell and pre-historic set of paws and thinking, “Hey that’s thing is made for snuggling!” Nothing says soft and cuddly like a hard-shelled reptile.
That just sounds dirty for some reason. Hey honey, wanna come snuggle the turtle? Ummm, NO.