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So sorry but you've been Duked! I was curious to see how many views this title would get....cause you know who doesn't love sea turtles? Wish we could keep Reef Reptiles in our tanks like we do fish, corals, and inverts. Just cause I feel bad now...here is a picture of my two pink-bellied side-neck turtle babies!

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Sadly, when I was a kid, I bought a baby sea turtle with my paper route money - $35 as I recall. This was around 1972, before they had full legal protection. I also recall seeing "yellow eels" that ended up being Pelamis sea snakes.

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Sadly, when I was a kid, I bought a baby sea turtle with my paper route money - $35 as I recall. This was around 1972, before they had full legal protection. I also recall seeing "yellow eels" that ended up being Pelamis sea snakes.

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No way Jay! how cool and crazy is that? Did you buy the sea turtle from a pet store?
 

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A local exotic pet shop had a Fly River turtle, which has flippers like a sea turtle. Had to do a double take when I saw it swimming around.
 

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No way Jay! how cool and crazy is that? Did you buy the sea turtle from a pet store?
Yep - at a pet store in Ann Arbor. Around that same time I saw my first mandarin for sale - $300!

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A local exotic pet shop had a Fly River turtle, which has flippers like a sea turtle. Had to do a double take when I saw it swimming around.
Fly river turtles are so cool! I was fascinated when I first saw one too!
 
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Yep - grew up there in the heyday of the local aquarium craze, late 1960's until mid-1980's. We had six MAJOR pet stores in town during that time. There were also two fish wholesale shops, and I worked for both at different times. Currently, I think there are only Pet Smart-type stores in Ann Arbor, with one decent true LFS (Fish Doctors) in neighboring Ypsilanti.
I wonder how big of a tank you'd actually need for a sea turtle - Asking for a friend.
35,000 gallons minimum for our current 100# green sea turtle (grin)

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