Turtle Sellers Spotted at 14th and U On Friday

CIMG0133, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

So last week I received a number of emails about “mini turtles” for sale in Columbia Heights. But nobody took a photo for me… This is why I love twitter! I saw someone’s update said they saw the turtles again. So I begged them to take a photo for me and voila! You can see the small cages on top of the red news box. I asked the twitter user if all three in the photo were selling turtles but she said it was only the guys in white. Pretty wild, yeah? I do fear what happens to the turtles when they grow and are no longer “mini”…

Thanks again to the twitter user for sending the photo!

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  • saf

    Note that those sales are probably illegal: http://www.tortoise.org/general/4inch.html

  • For more info, see my blog entry, and this thread on the Columbia Heights News Forum: http://www.columbiaheightsnews.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1129

  • f*cking evil creeps. I hope someone called the police.

  • I don’t know about any of you, but I really have a problem with people who dress up for some strange religious purposes in get ups that make them look like our enemies. Why would anyone do this in light of our military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan?

  • Could it possibly be because they are part of that “strange religious purpose”, are you kidding…so if I am muslim I am not allowed to wear what I want because I will look like the enemy? I’m all for supporting our troops and getting them home…but what you just said is ridiculous.

  • Prince Of Petworth

    @Petworth Princess I’m really hoping you have an inappropriate sense of humor. I refuse to believe that is a sincere comment from you.

  • probably baby red-eared sliders….they sell them all over the streets of NYC for a few bucks, mostly in Chinatown I think. if they actually survive their early lives (doubtful) they do get quite large and outgrow their tanks eventually. they’re illegal to sell and own. and they carry salmonella.

  • Petworth Princess: By that reasoning, and in light of the recent murder of a women’s healthcare professional by somebody evidently inspired by some religious cause, seems to me that qualifies EVERY CHRISTIAN ON EARTH as being a terrorist, just bursting with blood-mad crazed lunacy, and likely to kill anyone at anytime, anywhere.

    So if you are justified in your fear of Muslim attire, please be fair and lock up everybody with a cross on their necks. Enemies! Enemies! Enemies around every corner! ….talk about some left-field batshit madhouse paranoid freakism.

    …or of course if it was a joke, zap, you got me. Good one.

  • Picked up a couple of turtles this weekend. Anyone know a good recipe for soup? Maybe, I’ll ask at the counter, when i drop into North Sea Chinese rest. on the way home from work.

  • yes princess, in light of our U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan of the past 7 years, this `strange’ centuries-old way of dressing should be abandoned immediately. (rolls eyes)

  • I need one! Someone please get me one STAT! haha.

    no really, I want one!

  • Turtle soup, mmmmm.

  • It’s not illegal in DC to sell or own red-eared sliders – I had one for about 7 years that was bought from the pet store that used to be on U St. until we gave him to my then-5-year-old nephew last year – but it is illegal to sell or own them that small. I can’t remember how big they have to be, but think it’s at least 6+ inches in diameter. And it is illegal to sell them, period, in some states, including VA. They can definitely carry salmonella, though, and require a whole lot more space, cleaning, and attention than anyone might expect from a turtle!

  • I suspect, whether legal or not to actually sell these in DC, these guys are doing it illegally especially since they do not know how to tell people to care for them. I saw two very small children – one was about two – with these on the bus on Friday. They were swinging the plastic cages around and thought it was funny to tilt them so that the turtles were in and out of the water. Those turtles were lucky if they made it home.

    This is like bunnies and chicks at Easter. It is cruel and thoughtless. It should be prosecuted as an animal cruelty case. It is likely that the only justice these guys will see is a fine for not having a vendor permit.

  • legal or no, i was bummed to see the turtles being sold on 14th street last week. some had the luxury of being in the daylight, but most were boxed up inside a large cardboard shipping box. there was another fellow selling them though. not these guys pictured.

  • 10 ounces (2-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
    3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1 pound turtle meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    1 cup minced celery (4 stalks)
    2 medium onions, minced (2 medium)
    1-1/2 teaspoons garlic, minced
    3 bay leaves
    1 teaspoon oregano
    1/2 teaspoon thyme
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1-1/2 cups tomato purée
    1 quart beef stock
    NOTE: If turtle bones are available, add them to the beef bones when making the stock for this dish
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste, as needed
    1/2 cup lemon juice
    5 hard-boiled eggs, finely chopped
    1 tablespoon minced parsley
    6 teaspoons dry sherry
    Melt 8 ounces (2 sticks) butter in a heavy saucepan. Add the flour and cook, stirring frequently, over medium heat until the roux is light brown. Set aside.
    In a 5-quart saucepan, melt the remaining butter and add turtle meat. Cook over high heat until the meat is brown. Add celery, onions, garlic and seasonings, and cook until the vegetables are transparent.

    Add tomato purée, lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the stock and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the roux and cook over low heat, stirring, until the soup is smooth and thickened. Correct seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Add lemon juice, eggs and parsley.

    Remove from heat and serve. At the table, add 1 teaspoon sherry to each soup plate.

  • I know many Muslims from countries as diverse as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Somalia, Senegal, the Gambia, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan. None of them here in the United States dress like these guys.

  • Zoom – was worried that the recipie did not have sherry – but then was releived when I saw it at the end. So damn good!

  • are you serious petworth princess? Are you that shallow and judgemental about everyone you meet?

  • Gee everyone here thinks its illegal or at least “not legal” to sell these things, yet not one person on here who has seen these guys has mentioned that they called the police or the ASPCA…

  • The guy on the right appears to be a hipster wearing the attire required of his job as short-order cook. I would venture that the guy on the left is simply following suit. Seems appropriate attire for people selling turtles in front of McCafe. Look for the introduction of Turtle McSoup next month, these guys are just doing advance market testing.

  • time to stop Princess… you cant win this one.

  • As someone who has spent the majority of my life living in the Middle East, I can tell you that this type of dress is very, very common. So, STFU Petworth Princess.

  • I find the turtle sales sad as well. I saw these guys around 14th & Park selling them a week ago.

    What I find hilarious is that they have dressed up in these costumes to sell them. They were definitely not dressed like that when I saw them (and they were the same guys.)

  • “this `strange’ centuries-old way of dressing should be abandoned immediately. (rolls eyes)”

    Ah yes….the ancient baseball-cap-on-backwards described in the Koran….

  • yeah.. I walk by the turtle seller all the time and I actually think its the guy in the black shirt with his back to the camera who sells them.. So lets not assume that the muslims are the bad guys here…

  • please call the dc humane society on this guy next time you see him selling the poor creatures.

  • really, 2 sticks of butter in a soup recipe.

  • Remember to declaw the turtles before you put them in the soup. I forgot that last time.

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