Turtles in the Classrooms
We are sometimes contacted by teachers who want turtles as classroom pets, and we urge them
to reconsider because:
- It is beneficial for children to learn that wild animals are not pets - having a turtle
in the classroom may send the wrong message.
- And please, please, don’t release classroom turtles into the wild at the end of the
school year. Instead, contact your local Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife office
and ask what to do.
- For more information, see Turtles as Pets, above.