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Having a pet turtle is a lifelong commitment, please do not release your pet turtle! Most cannot survive during our cold Canadian winters. The few pet turtle species that do survive in our climate will compete with native turtles for food and basking sites and can make our turtles sick. They can also occupy areas that are favourable nesting and over-wintering sites for native turtles, leading to population declines.

Visit Little RES Q for more information on finding a home for an unwanted pet turtle or adopting a turtle.

Please note that the Toronto Zoo does not take in injured or unwanted turtles.

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