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Please help! Someone said baby turtles aren't safe for pregnant women??

Posted by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:16 PM
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My husband just surprised me for my birthday (which is tomorrow) with a baby turtle!! No bigger than a half dollar!! Turtles are my favorite. But I just called my grandma to tell her the good news and she said baby turtles carry horrible diseases especially dangerous to pregnant women. Has anyone else ever heard of this?? Please help!!
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Shelbypb
by Ruby Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:17 PM

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JeremysMom
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:19 PM
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Yes, turtles carry Salmonella. Pregnant women and children should not be handling them.
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msparks80
by Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:19 PM
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They carry salmonella on their shells. Just wash your hands really well after you good them or clean their tanks. Or wear gloves.
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UgtaBkdnMe
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:19 PM

They carry salmanila. Just wash your hands often and try not to handle the little guy, pregnant or not.

mommy2annaliese
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:20 PM
Yes my pedi told me my toddler age 1 can't have one because of that.
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FIREFOX1336
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:20 PM
Yep pregnant women and children shouldn't handle them
kellysparkles
by Platinum Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:21 PM
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Just keep the handling to a minimum and don't forget to wash your hands after each time you do touch/handle your turtle...I think you'll be fine :)

Happy birthday.

elephantmamaof2
by Ruby Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:21 PM
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Yes salmonella and I believe the same disease you can get from uncooked lunch meat (I can't remember what its called). These are most dangerous in your first trimester. Try not to handle it and have your husband do the cleaning of the tank and stuff! Yay for a new pet!
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mamom01
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:23 PM

They carry salmonella.  You're not going to die or be sick just from having one.  Good handwashing is really all that's needed here.

happygirls
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:26 PM

They can carry salmonella. You don't need to get rid of him though. Just wear gloves and wash your hands well after handling him and have your husband clean his cage frequently.

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