Fifty tiny Asian soft-shell turtles from Thailand were seized in March at Denver International Airport. The turtles are not banned in the U.S., but they were far too young to be legally shipped.The turtles were headed for a Denver-area pet store which did not have the proper permits, according to the Colorado Reptile Humane Society.
Turtles under 4-inches in carapace length (top shell) may not be imported according to FDA regulations, the Humane Society said. Since March, one turtle has died, however 49 were nursed to health by reptile rescuers at the Humane Society.
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