Six are with foster families. One was adopted. And one died.
Despite the fact that the turtles were far too young to be imported to the United States, they have thrived at the Colorado Reptile Humane Society.
“We’ve been stunned by how well they’ve done here,” executive director A.E. Nash said in the living room of her north Longmont home, a home that doubles as a shelter for about 180 animals including snakes, iguanas, turtles and lizards.
“With juvenile animals, you just never know; we’re thrilled that we didn’t lose more.”
U.S. Fish and Wildlife inspectors seized the 50 turtles at Denver International Airport in March and turned them over to the Colorado Reptile Humane Society.
A Denver-area aquarium shop and pet store illegally imported the turtles from Thailand. The species — Pelodiscus sinensis — is legal in the United States, but these turtles were too young to import.
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