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by Kenn McCarty
on May 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM
Found a large female RES turtle in a state park in Mendocino Co, CA.  
A naturalist (volunteer) person didn't seem to know they are invasive and said to let her go back into the wild.  
I gave the turtle to a park employee to do as he saw fit.  
As far as I can tell, there is no local plan or places to take recaptured RES turtles in Lake or Mendocino Counties.
Reply by Leigh Taylor Johnson
on May 23, 2014 at 2:43 PM
Thanks for sending this info, Kenn. I'm sorry to learn of the information gap.
by JC
on May 27, 2014 at 1:02 PM
I live in Sacramento, CA.  
I have noticed a HUGE boom in the RES population. If you were to go to ANY local pond or creek in the area, you could spot 10 at any given time.  
I am a fisherman and happened to catch 5 the other fish unfortunately. I released the turtles unharmed, but wish I knew what to do with them, since killing them without using/eating them is inhumane.  
Any advise?
Reply by Leigh Taylor Johnson
on May 27, 2014 at 1:20 PM
THanks for your comment, JC! I have written to the CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife asking them to post information on their website about what to do when aquatic invasive species (AIS) are sighted. Their reporting hotline is listed in my blog "Rat on Aquatic Invaders!" I hope they can provide information on what else (if anything) anglers, boaters, hikers, etc. should do if they see RES or other AIS.
by Jeff
on June 9, 2014 at 9:29 PM
I have seen many Red Eared Sliders on the Lower American River behind Rio Americano HS. They out-number native pond turtles by 2:1. I have counted over 50 on sunny spring/fall/winter days.
by Lauren
on June 27, 2016 at 5:16 PM
Are red eared turtles illegal to have as pets in the state of Texas?
Reply by Leigh Taylor Johnson
on March 14, 2017 at 7:58 PM
Dear Lauren, Thank you for commenting. Please contact your state wildlife agency and localf government for answers to your question.
by laila
on March 14, 2017 at 3:37 PM
We have 2 RES females rescued from an apt where they were abandoned by a tenant who vacated; they've grown from very small babies (must have been pet store purchased) to now about 8" long. They're in a large tank, but we plan to build a natural pond on the front lawn of our nursery school to move them there. Even though they're not easy prey, they would roam and because of the 2' water depth planned we'll definitely fence the area (approx 10' x 10' planned). My concern is, in the outdoor environment will there still be a salmonella risk if they come in contact with children? We'd want to keep a respectful distance, but close observation can lead to touching... Your advice please
Reply by Leigh Taylor Johnson
on March 14, 2017 at 7:55 PM
Dear Laila, Thank you for your comments. Please contact your doctor, public health and/or wildlife agency for answers to your questions.
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