While vacationing at the beach, a family stops by a gift shop and buys a baby turtle. It’s a red-eared slider, the most common type of water turtle kept as a pet. No bigger than a 50-cent piece, the turtle is taken home to Tennessee.
Fast-forward a few weeks: By now the turtle is getting bigger, and no one wants to clean its tank. What’s more, the family has learned that with proper care, red-eared sliders can live 70 years.
So they call Ijams Nature Center, or perhaps the Knoxville Zoo, where they learn that it’s actually illegal to keep any species of turtle as a pet in Tennessee.
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