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Mixed clouds and sun this morning. Scattered thunderstorms developing this afternoon. High 86F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Isolated thunderstorms this evening, then skies turning partly cloudy after midnight. Low 63F. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Updated: July 23, am.
Scales N Tails manager Chad Brinkley on Friday with one of the 40 illegal turtles people have dropped off in the last three weeks. Photo by Christian Murdock, The Gazette. Scales N Tails manager Chad Brinkley held two of the 40 illegal turtles Friday people have dropped off at the Colorado Springs pet store in the last three weeks. The turtles, which are illegal if under 4 inches and can spread salmonella, had been sold on Photo by Christian Murdock, The Gazette. That is because baby turtles — often no bigger around than a silver dollar — are literally swimming with the potentially deadly bacteria salmonella.
One only need touch a turtle then touch that hand to the mouth to come down with a serious bout of fever and intestinal distress. Young children are at especially high risk because they tend to be the recipients of these tiny turtles, tend to put everything they can reach in their mouths, and are especially vulnerable to the. Young children are at especially high risk because they tend to be the recipients of these tiny turtles, tend to put everything they can reach in their mouths, and are especially vulnerable to the bacteria.
In the mids, there was something of a baby pet turtle craze that caused an estimatedcases of reptile-associated salmonellosis, primarily in children. The problem was so bad the Food and Drug Administration banned the sale or distribution of turtles with shells smaller than 4 inches across. Immediately, the of cases of reptile-associated salmonellosis dropped by 77 percent. Though the turtle sales are illegal, Springs Turtles for sale in colorado springs are not rounding up the itinerant sales force, said police spokesman Steve Noblitt.
All reptiles from snakes to iguanas tend to carry the nasty bacteria. Inan estimated 60 children were sickened by a Komodo dragon exhibit at the Denver Zoo. El Paso County has not seen an outbreak in salmonella poisoning this summer, but Jervis cautioned people need to wash their hands whenever they come in contact with reptiles and take other precautions.
Chad Brinkley, manager of Scales N Tails, a local reptile shop, said there is another reason. They need a large tank, heated rocks, food, sun lamps, filters. They may seem like a good pet forbut they really are not. He expects he will take in more. He has seen several people selling turtles along Academy Boulevard. They fly under the radar. You shut one down, another one will just spring up. Edit Close. Toggle. Tonight Isolated thunderstorms this evening, then skies turning partly cloudy after midnight.
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