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Turtles in demand as pets, leading to a spike in poaching

PROVIDENCE, R.I. —  Swimming in two plastic bins inside a brightly lit and sterile quarantine room at a Rhode Island zoo, 16 quarter-sized turtle hatchlings represent a growing worry for conservationist Lou Perrotti. These eastern musk turtles, known for spending much of their lives in swamps and ponds and emitting a foul smell when threatened, were …

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