Can I get a Turtle in my Pond without a Ledge or any Land?

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    shanezam203 Rookie

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    I was at a Chinese restaurant today and they had a nice fountain & turtles in the water and on land. My local pet store has the turtles for $20 but I don't have an area for him to Beach, any thoughts if they would survive or how to build somewhere for the Turtle to come Above ground to rest?

    Below 2 pics are the turtles @ the restaurant on the left and then my pond on the right... it is 6 feet deep.

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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

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    Read this and it may answer your questions. Also, read "page 2" which addresses overwintering turtles.

    http://exoticpets.about.com/od/aquaticturtles/a/turtlesponds.htm

    With your pond, I would be afraid of a turtle getting hurt if it managed to get on the ledge -- it would probably fall. They ARE escape artists. Otherwise, taking into account the obvious safety factors, you could provide a floating dock or platform for it to be able to get out of the water and bask. You'd also have to research the habitat & dietary requirements of whatever kind you got.
     
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    yeah float a log or something i have had my turtle in the pond for 2 yrs now take him in for winter and he could walk away anytime he wanted but he has yet to leave maybe he likes me??
     
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    Put a 6 foot ladder in there!
     
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    I've got a floating log in my pond for frogs.. maybe something like that for a turtle.. maybe use milk crates to help keep it in one part of the pond. If its free floating, it may be hard for the turtle to climb on without pushing the log away from it.
     
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    You would need a basking area for most "slider" type turtles, but that is not the problem I see with your pond. The problem I see with your pond is that the ledge around your pond is not a tall enough barrier for turtles and they would eventually climb out and not be able to get back in and wander off. I'm sure the pond in the restaurant had some sort of barrier to stop the turtles from climbing out.
    I have a similar ledge on one side of my raised pond, and have had my turtles climb out. Fortunately they end up in our secure courtyard area where they were found again and placed back in the pond area. If not for the secure courtyard area they would have wandered off.
    Our frogs also hop into the courtyard area nightly to hunt for bugs, and we sometimes noticed them too late, the hot sun had already gotten to them. The turtles are more resilient than frogs are out of the water for long periods of time. We solved the frog problem by placing a ramp beside the outside edge of the pond, and to my delight and amusement they adapted to it immediately. We eventually replaced the ramp with a large piece of driftwood that seems to work just as well as the ramp.
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    Nice pond Shane. What kind of fish do you have? If you get turtles they may try to eat the smaller fish.

    Looks like those turtles at the restaurant are fairly big. I wonder if the fish with them were meant to be turtle food and they just escaped being eaten while they were still small?


    I like the floating log idea. I think I might give that a try for my froggy friends :)
     
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    My Bull Frog is constantly on it! I put some moss on it and it tends to sit on the moss more than the bare log.. maybe it likes the cushion?
     
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    bettasngoldfish Maria

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    That's too funny! Mr Bull Frog prefers a soft seat :D

    I do have java moss I can tie to a floating log until it takes hold.
     
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    Nice Pond and Fish Shane! Not sure about the Turtles Man, But I have been thinking of doing the same in my yard and pond!
     
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    Can I get a floating log from Petsmart? I just don't want the Turtle to get on the Boarder of the Pond and then fall the 2 feet down and out of the Pond.
     
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    anyone have pics of floating logs?
     
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    I couldn't tell ya... My floating log is a literal floating log that I got from my woodpile. As I suggested, trying attaching it to milk crates that rest on the bottom, or something else so it stays in one spot and doesn't float to the edge of the pond. Also make sure the edge of your pond is high enough so the turtle cant clime over. Depending on the size of the turtle i'd recommend 8" from water level to the top of the walls.
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    Ruben Miranda I am so confused

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    Hello
    Nice pond a full grown turttle would get up and over that ledge with no problem.
    They do need to bask in the sun and have some dry off time or they will have shell problems.

    You can make a island out in the center for them and build up that ledge with more edgers or something like that.

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    I just keep mine well fed he never leaves
     
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    just more video
     
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    I made this little beach/ floating area but I think he would want more than just that area to bask in the Sun.

    I am having COLD feet about getting a turtle, I thing he easily would get OUT and I'm nervous he may snap at some of my smaller fish.

    I have Koi and Goldfish in my pond.
     

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    Plus what would I do with him in the Winter? the fish are OK outside but I wouldn't want to bring the Turtle inside for the cold winter months.
     
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    Ruben Miranda I am so confused

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    Hi
    You could do something like this
    Turttles 2.JPG
    It is basically a planter upside down then a planter on top with a plant then slate or rock for them to climb up on.

    Or you could do this
    End result.JPG

    But yes you will have to make sure they can not climb up on that ledge and fall off.

    As for over wintering
    they will over winter outside what they do is go down to the bottom and hibernate threw the winter.
    They have the capability to breath threw there skin.

    But still if you want to bring them inside in winter that can be done also.

    Ruben
     
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