Tennessee outlaws turtle ownership because of salmonella worries? Read the full story Tennessee Turtle Ban Then get the facts on salmonella and it’s prevention with the following articles based on truth and fact. Why You Shouldn’t wipe your A** with a snake & Salmonella Prevention. Will your state be next to ban a species of reptile from being kept out of the ignorance of state legislation who is obviously uneducated in the realms of herpetoculutre? How do you keep yourself safe from zoonoses? Let us know!
UPDATE: Thanks to USARK we have learned that this ‘ban’ has been in effect since 1977! Here is the legislation
“1200-14-01-.36 SALE OF TURTLES PROHIBITED.
It shall be unlawful for a person to sell, barter, exchange or otherwise transfer any turtle as a pet; or to
import or cause to be imported any type of turtle in the State of Tennessee for such purposes.
Authority: T.C.A. §§49-1769, 53-607, 53-621. 53-905, 53-102 and 53-1109. Administrative History:
Original rule certified June 7, 1974. Repeal and new rule filed March 31, 1977; effective May 2, 1977.”