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The sale of some baby animals is prohibited under certain state laws. State laws and the animals they regulate vary. While some states may ban the sale of certain baby animals, other states impose restrictions on their sale, such as minimum age requirements. For example, dollar turtles used to be sold in the United States, until they were associated with Salmonellosis in small children. Many reptiles carry some salmonella. (Salmonella is also common in raw poultry and raw eggs.) Some children would put the turtles in their mouth, and a number became sick. After 1970, when the Food and Drug Administration prohibited the distribution and sale of baby turtles with shells four inches in length or less, reptile-associated Salmonellosis decreased dramatically. The federal law only prohibited commercial sales in the U.S., sales for educational and other purposes, or sales outside the U.S. were not prohibited.
The following are examples of a state laws regulating the sale of baby animals: