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Pet Turtle Adoption

Please Expect Delays From May 15th - July 15th

The Turtle Rescue League is primarily a native species rescue organization. Our work in the pet trade (and other locally non-native turtles) is only tangential to our mission. This is not to say it will ever be neglected. However during our peak rescue season, our rescue staff are concentrating on the wild turtles and have limited time to update postings and answer inquiries. No request for placement assistance will be refused, or a request for adoption ignored, but do expect delays throughout the late spring/early summer.

There are many turtle available that have not been posted from many areas. These turtle range in species from Red-eared sliders, to Asian box turtles, to the occasional Tortoise. If you don't see what you are looking for or in the area you live, just contact the Adoption agent with Subject line, "Available Adoption Turtles".

Contact Adoption Agent at broodingturtle@gmail.com

Adopting a rescue turtle is a wonderful way to give a pet turtle a home and a second chance at life. At the Turtle Rescue League, we take finding turtles new homes seriously. We are in the business of finding good homes for turtles in need (not a cheap alternative to a pet store.)

These turtles have all been through the horrors of the pet store trade and are looking for a good home and someone to care and provide for them, for the rest of their lives. Be sure you are familiar with what a turtle requires, before taking one on as a pet. Turtles are not cheap pets and any one of our adoptees will live for anywhere between two and as many as ten more decades (species dependant) more, so be aware of the length of your commitment.

The Process

We will not ship turtles! Someone wishing to adopt must be willing to drive or else arrange to meet with the adopting party or adoption agency (the Turtle Rescue League, which is located in southern central Massachusetts.)

Available Turtles


Cordelia and Spike, the red-eared sliders Turtle Rescue League



Meet Cordelia and Spike, two great 11 year old male red-eared sliders, needing a new forever home, and soon. Yes, Cord, is a boy, discovered years after the name stuck, they are young energetic and each comes in its own complete habitat. Although are coming from the same home, they are being adopted individually.

Currently Spike, the larger is living in a 100 gallon tank with UV and heat lights, Cascade external canister and everything needed to welcome this great turtle into your family. Cord lives in a slightly taller and shorter (length tank) that is 75 gallons. He is a slightly smaller turtle and comes with everything that is needed.

Both of these turtles are available in Northern New Jersey. Please local inquiries only, or being willing to drive. Shipping of turtle or equipment is not possible. These wonderful turtles need to be placed quickly, so they will be adopted by order if the inquiry, no reservations.

Location: Northern NJ, Metro NYC

75 Gallon Tank

100 gallon Tank

Thank You! Contact TRL: Email

Midnight and Tink, the Red-Eared Sliders Turtle Rescue League

Meet Midnight and Tink, two friendly and well behaved Red-eared sliders. They have been with their current home for two years and live with other turtles peacefully. This means Midnight and Tink need a home with a existing habitat of other friendly turtles, or else they need a home who want to set them up their way. The TRL is happy to advise on a proper habitat for any party interested.

Midnight and Tink are NJ turtles, so be local or willing to travel if you wish to adopt. These turtles can be adopted as a pair or separately. Please mention if you are interested in both or just one, when you inquire.

Thank You! Contact TRL: broodingturtle@gmail.com

Spaz, the Red-Eared Slider Western Mass Turtle Rescue

Spaz is a well adjusted male Red-Eared Slider, as you can see the prominent nails on the foreword arms depicting a healthy male. He is hyper and friendly.


Thank You! Contact Adoption Agent

Jenny, the Red-Eared Slider Western Mass Turtle Rescue

Jenny is a well started female RES who has been treated medically to ensure she prospers. She has made a complete recovery from shell rot and is ready to find a new home.


Thank You! Contact Adoption Agent

Heidi and Kickers, the twin Red-Eared Slider Western Mass Turtle Rescue

The twins were turned over to us together they are healthy and active female RES, preferably they find a new home together. Heidi is on the left as she is shy and likes to "hide", Kickers is on the right and is very hyperactive.


Thank You! Contact Adoption Agent

Pablo, the Red-Eared Slider Western Mass Turtle Rescue

This shy little guy was recently turned over to the organization due to the fact that he was being housed in a tank improper to his needs, they also mistreated this poor male by trimming his long, beautiful nails. He is about 5 1/2 inches long and quite healthy. He has been checked for parasites, shell rot, and infections; and been given a clean bill of health.


Thank You! Contact Adoption Agent

Please inquire via email, for the latest available turtles.

When looking for any pet, always consider adoption from rescue agencies first! Know what you are getting into before acquiring any creature. Without exception, all animals require specialized care, housing, feeding, and often medical requirements. Knowing these before purchasing or adopting will cut down on the vast numbers of unwanted pets.

Cannot find that special turtle... Or maybe you want to learn more about caring for your pet turtle. Check out the wonderful folks at Western Mass Turtle Rescue. They have turtles up for adoption and care sheets for many species on their website.

Tell Adam 'The Turtle Guy', we sent you!

Western Mass Turtle Rescue


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