Salmonella From Touching Turtles
- According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, turtles can carry Salmonella. This bacteria comes from contact with the animal's feces, and turtles eat, swim and defecate in the same water. Other animals and foods can also carry this bacteria, which causes salmonella poisoning.
- A veterinarian's fecal exam determines whether a turtle is infected with salmonella. While salmonella is not harmful to the turtle if present, but can cause serious illness in humans if ingested.
- If a human is infected with salmonella bacteria, he can experience diarrhea, fever, vomiting, chills, bloody stool and muscle pains. He should see a doctor as soon as possible.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly after handling a turtle or cleaning its tank. Cleaning the tank regularly along with frequent water changes can help lower the amount of salmonella-infected feces in the water.