A: I’ve seen the most common pet turtle is a red ear slider. Another real common turtle pet is a box turtle. People also keep snapping turtles (of which I wouldn’t want the danger of losing skin or fingers!), softshell turtles, painted turtles, and tortoises.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforces the ban on small turtle sales and has this advice for consumers: Don't buy small turtles for pets.
A popular turtle in captivity, the is widely imported by the pet trade from mainland China and Japan. This hardy turtle measures up to 6 inches in diameter and lives approximately 25 years. A good choice for a first turtle pet, this turtle genuinely enjoys being touched and stroked, according to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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