How to Start a Turtle Farm

Turtle farm has been considered as a business which is very lucrative but with many rules and regulations to fulfill.

Aside from that, there are a lot of things that you must know first in order for you to start your own in a proper and right way.

For a very long time now, turtle farming as a commercial operation has not been in any topic of a newspaper or magazines or in any television shows. These are mainly because of several certain requirements as well as regulations which one must fulfill first before he or she can operate in the United States a turtle farm. Health concerns, profitability, and conservation have oftentimes resulted in an ongoing long discussion about turtle farming in different methods and forms.

What There Is To Know About Turtle Farming?

If you are planning to start a turtle farm and you are looking on how to start one, here is some essential information that will definitely help you to establish one. The turtle farming operation started during the year 1940. Later, in the 1970’s year, salmonella has been discovered and found in baby turtles having shells of 4 inches long and below. After five years have passed, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned the national sale of these baby turtles having shells of below 4 inches long. Their main reason for banning it is that regarding salmonella issues.

What Is Turtle Farming?

It is important to know first what turtle farming is before you can start your own. Having enough knowledge of its fundamental factors and particulars is essential in order for it to not fail. First of all, turtle farm is where numerous turtles are being cared for and grown for the sole purpose of selling it either as a pert to pet suppliers, or food and export. More specifically, a sum of twenty-six different types of turtles is being taken care of and being farmed. The most popular and common turtle that is used and farmed is the Red Eared Turtle. Usually, more than 15 million turtles are annually harvested.

If you are in the United States, it would be favorable to you to start your own farm since it is being regulated there, unlike to other states where it is not allowed. If that will be the case for you, visit your local government and asked if you can operate a turtle farm first before you buy any things necessary for farming turtles. Several domestic farms of this kind are operating in southern parts of the United States. There are also turtle farms in northern parts such as Maryland. These turtles are typically exported to several parts of the world. This includes China, Mexico, and Japan.

Furthermore, if you are going to build a turtle farm, you must acquire licenses and permits to operate it. These required licenses and permits are governed and regulated by state agencies. Moreover, many state licenses usually follow the laws of wildlife conservation and FDA guidelines.


  • Janna Edgin said on December 9, 2010
    Where can I find more specific information on the materials and daily routine of a turtle farm and how to acquire the necessary equipment needed?
  • princemir said on December 26, 2010
    any one would kindly tell about the opportunity of Turtle and Frog farming. its commercial feasibility and where we can export it and what is the annual demand of frog and Turtle meat. what equipments we need to buy
  • Jennifer beekman said on August 11, 2011
    I am interested in starting a turtle farm in Ohio. Any information that you can send me on how to start up a turtle farm and the proper equipment that is needed would be appreciated. Thank you, Jennifer Beekman
  • Georgia Turner said on October 7, 2011
    My farm would be located in Ridgleland, SC. County of Jasper. I would appreciate any information you could provide. Thank you, G. Turner
  • G D said on November 9, 2011
    What is the daily routine? How long before you see a profit? What kind of area would you need? Barns with troughs, pond...etc? We live in Oklahoma. Thanks.
  • a k malauddin-al-mamun said on November 22, 2011
  • David Winkle said on December 23, 2011
    My family and I are interested in pursuing business in turtle farming. We are located in Tuscumbia, AL USA. Any and all info would be gladly appreciated. Thanks again!
  • ASFAK said on January 6, 2012
  • joão pedro said on February 27, 2012
    hello there. can you please inform me about the demand of turtle in europe? i am interested in start a turtle farm in portugal. thanks
  • Tarek said on March 12, 2012
    I am interested in starting a turtle farm in Bangladesh. Already I have collected a turtle from a pool and don't know about its detail. please, Any information that you can send me on how to start up a turtle farm and the proper equipment that is needed would be appreciated. Thank you, Tarek
  • Steve Woodham said on April 18, 2012
    I am interested in starting a turtle farm in South Florida. Could you please inform me with detailed information on the cost of requirements and permits, equipment needed to get started and costs, daily routine, and any other important information needed. Thank you Steve Woodham 863-697-3226
  • sandeep said on June 13, 2012
    hi, I Like turtle. am interested in starting a turtle farm in india.I don't know about its detail. Please Send Me details. thank you very much.
  • Candy said on June 21, 2012
    Interested in starting a turtle farm need information so I better make a decision if its feasible. in oklahoma
  • enock said on July 12, 2012
    hi, am enock. looking to start a turtle farm in south india tamil nadu(thiruvannamalai). i wanna know what are the things required and where i get the turtle. anyone knows just help e about the details. thanks i advance.
  • Robbie Williams said on July 19, 2012
    I am interested in starting a turtle farm in Social Circle, GA. Could you provide me any information on getting started (i.e. equipment needed, how large of an area needed, etc.) Thank you.
  • Linda said on July 22, 2012
    I was thinking about starting a turtle farm but i live in Tennessee and i was wondering if it is legal to have a turtle farm in Tennessee. Thanks
  • Brian Smith said on August 3, 2012
    I am interested in starting a turtle farm in the Bahamas. Any info you can send me will be appreciated.
  • Manish kant said on August 17, 2012
    Dear sir I'm from India, Jharjhand, Ranchi interested for a turtle farming(Red eared slider)Plz tell me all about it i.e.About the government licenses, where to buy where to sell, Area needed, equipment & total investment. sir i'm very new for this but it is my Hobby to keep pets (Dog, Fish, Pigeons, Turtle)& from a long time i'm planning to breed red eare turtle in India so please inform me all its expects. Thank you Manish kant 09334441066
  • JASKARAN SINGH said on August 26, 2012
  • Brian said on August 30, 2012
    Would like to start a turtle farm in Oklahoma. Need more info on how to get started and who to export to any info would be appreciated.
  • Manish kant said on October 2, 2012
    why don't you reply the mails...I'm Manish from INDIA want to start a red eared slider farming.
  • tanmoy acharya said on October 28, 2012
    I am interested in starting a turtle farm in the Bahamas. Any info you can send me will be appreciated.
  • danny said on October 29, 2012
    i live in texas would like more info on starting turtle business.
  • Munish Monga said on November 1, 2012
    Kindly let me know about the turtle and rabbit farming.
  • mukul said on November 4, 2012
    hi, i am from Bangladesh. what kind of international authorization i need to pursue a turtles farm. and let me know the procedure of farming.
  • Gina said on November 22, 2012
    Hello, i currently live in the city and in southern california. I want to build a very, very, very, small turtle farm (workers: my father, my 2 colleagues, my friend, and i) i have had a lot of experience with turtles and i am currently majoring in marine biology in long beach. I would like to know all the legal steps to turtle farming (license, doc, ect.) And also about website setup. I guess this isnt really turtle farming... it probably counts as just a hobbist/ turtle breeders (that want to do it legally and online). I would very much like some info about this PLEASE email me. I would appreciate that very much!
  • Fernando Monroy said on December 13, 2012
    I live in Guatemala, Central America..., can you give me information about turtle farming ?
  • ronnie brown said on January 3, 2013
    I am in the state of kentucky ,want catch live turtles to sell here in the states and ship over seas. what do i have to get as for permits licenses and equipment, building for shipping.
  • David Flores said on February 19, 2013
    I'm in Chicago ill. I would love to start a turtle farm as well as a frog farm. A non profit and release in pond , lakes , around Chicago area. Someone please send me any information
  • Binoy Krishna Mondal said on April 15, 2013
    Bangladesh, Khulna. I am a student of Zoology and very interested to start a tortoise farm but there is no available chance to do. Besides this i have no smart knowledge about tortoise farming. In this situation i need help. So please suggestion me how it is possible?
  • bani nath said on April 21, 2013
    I want to know about starting turtle in india. can u help me get the source.
  • gayle said on May 5, 2013
    i would like information on starting a turtle farm in ankeny iowa any information would be greatly appreciated!
  • Farhad Rahman said on May 15, 2013
    dear sir, i am from bangladesh. I have a turtle farm and i produce tortise egg, baby and big one. If any body are interested to buy then order us by phone or mail. Our contact : +8801718758684, email:
  • Pedro Barrento said on October 29, 2013
    Hi there, I'm thinking about starting a turtle farm in Portugal. Can you please tell me any key variables to have in question. Best commercial species, the market to export, how much market share is there still. Thank you.
  • Zhang Wang said on November 3, 2013
    Dear sirs, I read your article on the website, which is very helpful. I am a turtle trader and my turtle farm is in Guang Zhou, China. We are in steady and good demand of various turtles. I am writing to see whether you could introduce me any turtle suppliers in America. Any information you send me will be appreciated. Looking forward to receive your soon reply. Thanks and regards , Wang
  • vikas said on January 21, 2014
    I want to start turtle farm in india. give me detail information
  • dirk said on February 25, 2014
    I'm trying to find info for turtle farming in iowa.
  • shilpa said on April 8, 2014
    i'm in India. i want bring baby turtle as a pet. please tell me about, how to take care of it.....
  • CT said on May 14, 2014
    Want to buy softshell turtles above 6+ inch wide, must be legal catch, commercial license req. in us.
  • munashe tsvere said on May 25, 2014
    I really want to do turtle farming can you send me adequate information how to do it
  • Amin said on June 2, 2014
    i am interested in starting a turtle farm in Bangladesh. Any information that you can send me on how to start up a turtle farm and the proper equipment or information that is needed would be appreciated.
  • Raja said on July 4, 2014
    I am in India. i want to start turtle farm.. give some information.
  • Keith said on July 14, 2014
    Opening a Turtle Farming operation soon. Email me if you would like to invest. The operation will be located in the Bahamas. Email address is
  • Jack Burnette said on July 18, 2014
    I am a commercial fisherman and I sell softshell turtles. Anyone interested in purchasing softshell turtles for meat or for pets (over 6" in width), can contact me at I am in the process of building a turtle farm so I can have an ample supply on hand.
  • James Grsndmother said on August 16, 2014
    My grandson wants to farm turtles. Can you tell us what he needs to get started ? It would be in or around Searcy Arkansas.
  • Farhad Rahman said on August 17, 2014
    Hi, i am in bangladesh and also have all documents and technology about a turtle farm but i don't know who is the main customer and i have not any buyer. And i also search a domestic or foreign partner for my brain child project. If any body have any interest or demand or buyer than contact us. Farhad,, +880 1718 75 86 84
  • Farhad Rahman said on November 28, 2014
    Mr. a k malauddin-al-mamun, if you need any information about turtle farm, you can contact with me. I have all information about how to start a turtle farm but i have not sufficient capital. if any body want we make a joint venture business. email :, cell: 01718 75 86 84.
  • huang said on April 3, 2015
    Carefully read this article, after reading your profile. I Chinese have their own farms, and at the same time, I was a businessman. I sincerely hope that your station can provide all kinds of varieties and turtle hatchlings, if I still want your station can provide all kinds of varieties in the America suppliers! Expect you to receive Xinxi
  • RISHI PAUL said on May 18, 2015
  • rima carter said on October 27, 2015
    I am interested in running a turtle farm in Maui cam you please tel me if possible. Rules regulations licenses this would be for conservation and learning. thank you Rima
  • kyi mya said on December 14, 2015
    I am deeply interesting in Turtle Farm. Can you please indicate me how to start turtle Farm business in Myanmar.What kind of criteria and equipment I need? How can I connect with buyer? and how about its market and demand?
  • Yat Ho said on January 9, 2016
    I am American Chinese and interest to learn turtle farm business in CA.Can someone tell me how to start and how much the investment.I believe we can work together and do the export business to China market.
  • Mike Ling said on March 13, 2016
    Hi @Yat Ho, I am also in CA and I want to start a turtle farm business (especially soft shell turtle) for food. please send me a email: and we can share information and corporate together.
  • Allen said on July 12, 2016
    I would appreciate any info you can supply in relation to raising turtles for meat. Thank you
  • Snazzy Andy said on October 3, 2016
    @sah dude, How much are turtles?
  • Md.Abdullah Faroque. said on January 1, 2017
    i am interested in starting a turtle farm in Bangladesh. Any information that you can send me on how to start up a turtle farm and the proper equipment or information that is needed would be appreciated.
  • Raj said on January 2, 2017
    We are exporters of meat and hatching baby turtles from USA , kindly send us mail if anyone interested. Also we provide systematic turtle farming webinars and protocol for turtle farming.
  • Peter Chingaipe said on July 11, 2017
    I have just acquired land with plenty of water, and I would like to start a turtle farm here in Zambia, how do I start?
  • Jaxon Keith said on October 3, 2017
    This is all really helpful but, can you please tell me where to start. I'm in Texas so yeah thanks.
  • Abiy said on August 2, 2018
    I am Abiy from Ethiopia and interested to start the business in Ethiopia. Can you give me the details? I can start the business as a partner from Ethiopia if there is anyone who is interested. You can reach me (
  • B.Mandal ,West Bengal ,In said on October 3, 2020
    Is commercial turtle breeding farm legal in India?


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