It’s me again…back  with another edition of Turtle Fact.

Don’t I look like a curious turtle in that picture 😉

Today’s Turtle Fact is a bit not fun to share…but it’s a fact people must know. This fact is the reason why some countries ban us as pets. How should I say this nicely…hmm…well, we  are bags of Salmonella.

You can find a lot of Salmonella in our poop and as you know we live half our life inside water, we also poop inside the water and that makes those tiny salmonella (see the picture on the right) swim nicely in our water. They finally land on our skin and making us as one of the least desirable pets.

Although it is said that Cats and Dogs also carry salmonella but they don’t carry that awful bacteria as much as us.

Let me introduce you to our parasite little friends and the illness caused by them (with the help of Wikipedia)

Salmonella infections are zoonotic and can be transferred between humans and nonhuman animals. Many infections are due to ingestion of contaminated food. A distinction is made between enteritis Salmonella and typhoid/paratyphoid Salmonella, where the latter — because of a special virulence factor and a capsule protein (virulence antigen) — can cause serious illness.

Salmonella can be transmitted by direct contact (e.g. handling a reptile) or indirectly (e.g. touching surfaces contaminated with reptile feces, reptile equipment washed in the kitchen leading to contamination of food preparation areas).

Why is Salmonella so dangerous?

Because it can cause a disease called Salmonellosis. People who are infected  by it will develop diarrhea,  fever, vomiting and  abdominal cramps. it usually happens after 12 to72 hours after infection. The illness can last from  4  to 7 days.

The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to develop severe illness. Some people afflicted with salmonellosis later experience reactive arthritis, which can have long-lasting, disabling effects. There are different kinds of Salmonella, including Salmonella bongori and Salmonella enterica.

The type of Salmonella usually associated with infections in humans is nontyphoidal Salmonella which can be found in our poop and water and skin.

How do we handle it?

Proper hand washing

It won’t clear all the salmonella but it helps decreasing it.

I  think mommy got salmonellosis when she first had me…but now,  she had created immunity against salmonella. She often forgot to wash her hands after playing with me and Kroten….and yet I have never seen her with terrible diarrhea again 😉


About Kame (R.I.P)

I am a 5 years old Red Ear Slider who happen to be so Narcissist and love sharing about my life and other turtle-ish story

22 responses »

  1. Beth Ann says:

    Aww…it is sad that such beautiful creatures such as you are blamed for such a horrible thing!!! just gotta keep it all clean, right???? Thanks for the info!!!

    • Kame says:

      It is sad but it isn’t dangerous if you know how to handle it.
      Mommy always keeps our tank clean.

      I forgot to tell you that most reptiles are like us, I don’t know why reptile have lots of salmonella…unlike other animals

      You’re welcome Aunt Beth and thank you for reading 🙂

  2. catcalls says:

    If your mommy has only had salmonella once in all the years she has had, and she touches you thousands times more than the average person, I think it is not really that contagious. Especially if one washes their hands. I would get a turtle without any concern!

    • Kame says:

      I think she has developed some kind immunity toward Salmonella. She still remember that few months after she had Kame, she had diarrhea and couldn’t eat because she always throw up. The illness lasted last than a week….but after that, nothing ever happened to her.

      I could say that out of 10times she touches me, she forgets to wash her hand 2times 😉

      let us know if you decide to have one 🙂

  3. Wow I didn’t know that! I don’t mind about your salmonella – you’re too awesome for that!

  4. Binky says:

    I have heard about that before. It’s unfortunate that there isn’t an effective way to eliminate Salmonella from turtles, or some sort of vaccination against it. Luckily it isn’t transmitted through the internet!

    • Novroz says:

      I have ever heard of salmomella free turtles but not quite sure that was true or not. I wouldn’t worry much about salmonella. I know someone who has more than 60 reptiles and she is doing just fine.

      Don’t worry Binky, I think you are smart enough to create the cure against salmonella 😉

  5. Deboshree says:

    That’s some very useful information again… thanks for the hand washing reminder. With the monsoons approaching, that’s an absolute must. Take care! 😀

  6. Tony McGurk says:

    Eww yuck. you poor things having that stuff in you. Maybe some nice chocolate will purge it out???

  7. […] Last Monday, I shared about Salmonella inside our poop that eventually stayed on our skin. Last Wednesday, Kroten shared pictures of our love competition with our human cousin, Satrio or Rio for short. Today, we sum those2 posts together. […]

  8. furfilled says:

    That’s an interesting turtle fact. I remember reading about salmonella and turtles, but never knew why.

    Do you know if your (dry land dwelling) box turtle and tortoise cousins have the same issue (if they’re not spending a lot of time in water)?

    • Kame says:

      Yup!! they have same issue!! ALL reptiles have more salmonella than mammals.
      Toki also has Salmonella but not as many as our familia.

  9. […] are bags of salmonella, more about that awful disease and how to prevent it is covered at that […]

  10. Jaymie says:

    How do you prevent salmonella?

  11. Maureen Tice says:

    I do not keep “Birdman” my painted turtle in a tank/aquarium. When I first met him I was astonished that he made continuous tweeting sounds and was continually scrapping the aquarium seeming to want to get out in spite of a designated land area. When I let him roam free that was it…He now comes often when called, only goes into a contained area with water every two days or more to eat, drink and poo….never bites, withdraws into his shell and always comes in close for a look at climb up peoples feet or possessions if nearby. I do worry about a bit of too dry shell and am using olive oil in-between his trips into water. We had two other female (same breed) for fifteen years, they both bit, withdrew and were somewhat oblivious of initiating friendships….I believe these animals are like any other pets and humans for that matter, very individualistic, able to form meaningful attachments to humans…..Looooooove people and animals!!!

    • Novroz says:

      HI Maureen,
      Thank you for sharing your story and thought. Birdman is very unusual, fresh water turtle usually likes swimming.
      Too bad your other turtles still withdrew like that, I am happy all my turtles are friendly, one is still a bit shy but he has shown friendship better each month.

  12. shirl says:

    i use hand sanitizer cuz im lazing, does it still work?

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