Red Earned Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

April 18th, 2016 – Pet Owners Day

Today is a special day for you to celebrate yourself for the dedication and love you have given to your pet! We here at CKISS remind you to a responsible pet owner.  

TIPS on how to be a GREAT Pet Owner

  • Did you know a Red eared slider turtle could live for 45 years? When shopping for a new pet learn the animal’s life cycle and needs to ensure that you are committed to their care over the long-term
  • Don’t Let it Loose: do not release your unwanted exotic pets or plants into the wild or discard of your aquarium and water garden debris into lakes, streams, rivers or storm drains
  • If you can no longer care for your pet, contact the place you purchased it to see if it can be returned, or see if the animal can be used for educational purposes by contacting science centres, zoos, aquariums or schools
  • If all else fails then euthanize the animal in a humane manner – this choice may be difficult but it is a better option then letting them loose.  Animals that are released into an environment that they are unaccustomed to have a high chance of being eaten by predators, hit by vehicles or starving to death. Those that do survive can have negative environmental impacts

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