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Releasing a Captive RES

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A captive RES will be more susceptible to predators, starvation and disease. They are not conditioned for a harsher environment and are dependent on people for their food and safety. A released captive must compete against a native turtle population, could disrupt an ecosystem and may possibly introduce new diseases. Released captives may dangerously stray from their area of abandonment. They will be vulnerable to predators out of water, to people and to vehicular traffic. They may not be prepared for harsh weather conditions or seasonal changes.

Attention Releasing a previously captive turtle is not an acceptable or humane decision. If you can no longer keep your turtle, you should search for a nearby turtle keeper, rescue operation or re-homing organization. A local veterinarian may have resource information if you require it.
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Re-homing Options

A re-homing organization has the purpose is public education and finding new homes for unwanted captive turtles. The pet trade has made it very difficult to re-home RES because of their abundance and care requirements.  A re-homing organization may refuse to accept a RES. It is understandable because RES are usually brought in but rarely adopted out.

You may need to find a willing person to take a RES. Friends and family members who can provide the appropriate habitat are primary options. Other reptile organizations and enthusiasts are also options. Small zoos, reptile specialty stores are worth considering. RES are not an endangered or rare species, and this limits. Educational facilities are also an option if the can provide the required habitat.

There are some online forums that include societies and adoption options. You should be able to find a home for your turtle provided you try hard enough. Offering your turtle-related equipment may help you locate a new owner, however, be aware that there are parties who may only be interested in that equipment and not the well-being of your turtle.

Many keepers are overwhelmed when confronted with the true scope of turtle care. It can be difficult at times and time consuming. It can be manageable and it does not have to be a financial burden that it appears to be. Although good intentions are not enough, hard work, knowledge, some ingenuity and dedication can make you a good turtle keeper.
Comment: Do not register on Turtle Talk for the sole purpose of turtle adoption or re-homing. We are not staffed for this purpose.
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Online Directories
Turtletimes.com > Adoption Announcements
Turtleforum.com > Classifieds and Adoptions
Kingsnake.com > Adoption (Canada, U.S.)
Mid-Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society
General Directories
Anapsid.org > Societies
Reptile Information Network > Reptile Rescue Organizations

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