do box turtles carry salmonella ?


do box turtles carry salmonella

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Alfreda N. Reed 2022-11-14T08:20:14+00:00 1 Answer 6 views New Member 0

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    Yes, box turtles can carry Salmonella bacteria. Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can naturally inhabit the digestive tract of many reptiles, including box turtles. While these turtles may not show any signs of illness, they can shed the bacteria in their feces, contaminating their environment and potentially causing infections in humans who come into contact with them or their habitats. Therefore, it’s essential to practice good hygiene, such as washing hands thoroughly after handling turtles or cleaning their enclosures, to prevent the spread of Salmonella.

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