Pond Turtle

Pond Turtle sunning on a rock

A well-designed pond that fits into your landscape will eventually attract wildlife. A pond turtle may decide to make your pond their new home.

Turtles are omnivorous. They will eat plants, insects, algae, tadpoles, frogs and small fish.

They tend to eat a lot and add significant waste to your pond filter.

If you plan to have turtles and fish, be sure the pond is big enough for the small fish to get away from the turtle.

Turtles like to bask in the sun, so be sure to have some flat rocks near the water’s edge for them to rest on.

Avoid snapping turtles because they can be dangerous.

If you introduce turtles to your pond, try to find a species that is native to your area. Locally adapted turtles can spend the winter hibernating at the bottom of the pond, or can wander off and find a suitable habitat.

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