There are many commonly available domesticated turtles that make
excellent pets, including the red ear slider, ornate wood turtle and the
painted turtle. These long-lived reptiles are an excellent way to enjoy
a little piece of nature for the average reptile enthusiast, but then
again, there’s always that one person who thinks that they need to own a
“special” turtle to impress guests and to boost their own ego, such as
the spectacular alligator snapping turtle.