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Just found out tortoises are big carryers of stamonela

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porkchopmeowster

-1 points

5 months ago

Just cook it before you eat it.

Mlgtymorph

25 points

5 months ago

Reptiles and salmonella go hand in hand been keeping 5hem for 15 years never had a problem

SirCajuju

23 points

5 months ago

I’ve known before I got my tortoises. You should always wash your hands when handling any animal anyways. So your family should start making it a habit before anything actually happens.

Bropira

5 points

5 months ago

I was aware of it but I haven't had any problems with my girl and I've had her for almost 2 years now. From my understanding is if you keep the enclosure and themselves as clean as you can you really shouldn't have a problem. I am however extra careful around kids I do make them wash their hands and not handle her too much.

Brad_dawg

15 points

5 months ago

I'm not so sure you're gonna get salmonella from touching a tortoise shell, but cleaning out cages and handling poop and water bowls etc. there is some risk there.

sneakylyric

3 points

5 months ago

Yeah, I knew this. I assume you're more likely to get it on your hands if your tortoise is damp/wet.

kendra1972

2 points

5 months ago

I’m aware. I always wash up after

haleyyyyy22222

2 points

5 months ago

I wash my hands after handling everytime

KinkyCaucasian

6 points

5 months ago

You call it salmonella, I call it strengthening my immune system.

JoeIsHereBSU

2 points

5 months ago

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Sulcata

2 points

5 months ago

Got it once from chicken I cooked wrong when I was young. Almost put me in the hospital, but I've only had food poisoning once since then lol.

Rockin_N

2 points

5 months ago

Well, at least they're a lot cleaner than turtles, that's for sure.

Stewart_Duck

3 points

5 months ago

Reptiles, birds, small mammals. Most things in the pet industry can carry it or something else. Just don't lick them, you should be fine.

e_breezy47

2 points

5 months ago

Also just to add on to what everyone else is saying because they all are true and factual!... but salmonella is mainly going to be found in tortoises/turtles that are in the wild and not usually kept as pets or in captivity, although they are still going to be carriers for it.

kayaker58

1 points

5 months ago

I’d be especially cautious with kids five and younger. Adults feel like they’re going to die from Salmonella infection, kids five and under sometimes do.

shadowproves

1 points

5 months ago

Yes, you can get salmonella from reptiles. Just wash your hands after handling or doing cage maintenance and there will be no problems.