Painted turtle in a preformed pool?

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Painted turtle in a preformed pool?

Post by Sophie Salern » Tue, 22 May 2001 08:54:06



In my new house I found a small (6'x3'x24") preformed pool. I cleaned it,
filled it with water and planted one hardy water lily. I did not plan on any
animal life but my neighbor's son presented me today with a rather big (6-8
in.) painted turtle and a huge frog.Would the pond that size support these
creatures? Would they damage the water lily and/or other plants (aquatics
and cyperus) I am planning to put in? Should I feed them? How? I would
rather return them to the big pond they came from but don't want to hurt
this little guy feelings. Please help! Sophie
 
 
 

Painted turtle in a preformed pool?

Post by K30 » Tue, 22 May 2001 10:42:55


Hello Sophie,

Well, first you have to see if your guests choose to
stay in the pond.  Turtles and frogs are independent
souls. They will only stay if your pond provides food and protection.
(The only exception to this is a turtle who is 'trapped' in the pond because of
its construction. A turtle must bask in the sun for several hours every day or
the turtle will sicken and die.)

Your frog sounds like a bullfrog, in that he is huge.
He will eat all manner of bugs, fish, other frogs, birds, snakes, mice. His
food must be alive and he must see it move in order to catch it.

Turtles eat fish, snails, plants, dead things and like to grub around in the
pond bottom looking for insect larva, worms and crayfish.

I have seven bullfrogs and two turtles in two heavily planted ponds (3,000
gallons and 800 gallons). I do not
feed them other than throw in 2 dozen rosie red minnows at a time if I think
the supply of baby goldfish is slowing down.

The turtle will eat your plants (in a heavily planted pond you won't notice
it). Usually water hyacinth are a good choice for turtle food as it grows like
crazy once the weather gets warm enough.

You can buy turtle chow but the turtle will still supplement his diet as that
is the way he is wired up.

K30A
pond tips
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Painted turtle in a preformed pool?

Post by ~ Windsong » Tue, 22 May 2001 13:23:57



 Should I feed them? How? I would

Quote:
> rather return them to the big pond they came from but don't want to hurt
> this little guy feelings. Please help! Sophie
> ==================================

Explain to him that they would be so much happier and better off to be
returned to where they came from.  Most kids will understand.   Just word it
carefully....
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