Reptiles are a source of salmonella infection, and more than 90 percent of reptiles carry salmonella bacteria. The disease is transmitted by contact with the animal’s fecal matter, which can occur by touching the animal, according to the CDC.

"You have to remember that there are many different types of salmonella," said Greg Chapman, a local veterinarian. "Some are pathogenic to humans."

An estimated 74,000 cases of the 1.2 million cases of salmonella infection each year in the United States are caused by contact with reptiles and amphibians, according to a CDC report. Typically, these infections cause several days of severe diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. In some cases, however, serious or even life-threatening complications develop.

The CDC estimates about 600 people die each year from salmonellosis, the bacterial disease caused by the germ salmonella, and about 40 of those deaths are linked to reptiles.
 

  • nikiya

    what kind of turtle is that in your picture

  • TIFFANY

    WHAT TYPE OF TURTLE IS IN THE IMAGE?! I JUST PURCHASED ONE THAT LOOKS JUST LIKE IT. HOWEVER, I AM A LITTLE CONCERNED BECAUSE ITS UNDER 4″ AND I HAVE A 3 & 5 1/2 YEAR-OLDS.

  • Joe

    Does that turtle in the picture have it for sure?

  • sydney

    what kind of turtle is in your image?

  • Ana

    Do the turtles in your image actually have the disease?my mother recently brouqht me a red slider as a joke trying to be funny that looks just like the one in your picture.

  • gena

    i just got one that looks just like the one in the pic does that mean it has it

  • Colleen

    I have a turtle just like hte one in hte picture, however it seems that he is not eating like he did. Do they go into some kind of hibernation or why would he jsut almost stop eating. Plese help I do not want something to happen to him.

  • tiren

    i too have a turtle like….sumwot similar to it ….so do u mean it is harmful

  • teejay

    I have a turtle like the on in the picture an has had it for a while now an two weeks ago it stop eating how do i get it to eat. i’ve been given it wardley reptile sticks since i’ve had it. help me plz!!!!!!!

  • sneha

    i have the same one

  • Samantha

    What kind

  • Samantha

    What kind of turtle is that?

  • Alonna

    What type of turtle is in this photo and how do u car for it?

  • Lorrie

    alonna i just found one in the river in indiana toda that looks just like the photos and i noticed nobody answered your question im going to do my best to find the answer and post it for you. and anyone else that may want to know. i dont know either and if i dant find out or it starts acting sick ima let it go but i wanna keep him. ill doooo some research and post whateverni find

  • could u get
    sick
    by touching the turtle and then you wash your hands.

  • amelia

    I have 3 turtles just like these so how do i know i my turtles have SALMONELLA
    PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!