“... turtles can be worth anywhere from $1,300 to $1,500 ...”
Damn, the article doesn’t say what kind of turtle...
I might be looking for a little retirement income.
Ditto: There is certainly no shortage of turtles at most of the places I fish. In fact, if one is going after bluegill or catfish with live bait (etc.) the turtles can be a big annoyance. In some states around me that I know of, softshelled turtles and ordinary snappers are legal to take (harvest) in large numbers (usually with a commercial permit), with other species limited to several individuals per year depending on the species and state. Other states are more restrictive - for example, I believe IL limits common snappers to 2 per day with a 4 turtle possession limit, and I did not see specifically in the regs what IL says about other species.
But, what the heck, turtle farming could be quite lucrative, it seems to me... Just feed ‘em chopped Asian Carp!! (There’s a delicious irony somewhere in that!)