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Old 17-05-2019, 07:07 PM
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Hi all, I am a new member and live in the south east of England, I have just built a 700 litre pond with measurements of 1200mm x 1000mm x 750mm. I am looking to adopt one or two (space dependent) turtles/Terrapins for all year outside living, I have been researching river cooters as I believe they are a good choice for my setup, any advice from you guys will be very welcome please.
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Old 18-05-2019, 07:48 AM
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Many species of 'slider' turtles are now illegal for rehoming and selling purposes in the UK. You will need to find one of the 'cooter' species.
Turtles which come from a fish tank or indoor environment will have difficulty adapting to an outdoor existence. They can do it, but May/June introduction is about the only time when success is likely. Even so, some might not make it through the first hibernation. If they do, the odds of continued survival will greatly improve.
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Old 18-05-2019, 08:00 AM
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As above. Ours will shortly be going back outside into their summer ponds, but then back indoors mid-October time. It is a bit of a 'military operation'
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Old 18-05-2019, 09:59 AM
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Had a yellow belly in ours with the koi and sturgeon! She was huge! Haha


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Old 19-05-2019, 03:09 PM
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Hi all, I am a new member and live in the south east of England, I have just built a 700 litre pond with measurements of 1200mm x 1000mm x 750mm. I am looking to adopt one or two (space dependent) turtles/Terrapins for all year outside living, I have been researching river cooters as I believe they are a good choice for my setup, any advice from you guys will be very welcome please.

hi and welcome to the forum
I live in iver bucks and in my local canal and fishing lakes I see a lot of turtles/Terrapins
this is where people have just let them go in the wild
and some are the size of dinner plates
they just lay on the bank and you can just walk up with a net and catch them
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Old 19-05-2019, 03:50 PM
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hi and welcome to the forum
I live in iver bucks and in my local canal and fishing lakes I see a lot of turtles/Terrapins
this is where people have just let them go in the wild
and some are the size of dinner plates
they just lay on the bank and you can just walk up with a net and catch them
Can you? Usually they scramble back into the water.
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Old 19-05-2019, 03:54 PM
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I work in Iver, I would be very glad to rehome one if it could be caught that way I know I would be one less invasive turtle in the wild and it would be fine over winter in my pond.
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Old 19-05-2019, 04:16 PM
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I work in Iver, I would be very glad to rehome one if it could be caught that way I know I would be one less invasive turtle in the wild and it would be fine over winter in my pond.
Except it is illegal.
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Old 19-05-2019, 07:46 PM
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I was under the impression if the are not native to this country
you could catch them and keep as a pet I maybe wrong
also if you go very slow and quiet and quick and
as you use the net to catch em you can get them
they are in the canal by rigeway trading estate, farlow lake and also little Britain lake
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Old 19-05-2019, 08:05 PM
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Hi all, I am a new member and live in the south east of England, I have just built a 700 litre pond with measurements of 1200mm x 1000mm x 750mm. I am looking to adopt one or two (space dependent) turtles/Terrapins for all year outside living, I have been researching river cooters as I believe they are a good choice for my setup, any advice from you guys will be very welcome please.


Thatís way too small to keep them in, they need extremely deep water to live over the winter. And a much larger sized pond. Females get bigger than males also. They wouldnít do well at all. This is all from experience and knowledge/degrees. Thatís fish tank size and thatís not fair on them. So I wouldnít do it unless youíre willing to redo your whole pond.
(Didnít read the size properly before hand when I replied)


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