I can't even begin to remember how many turtles we've taken out of our pool. Best of all my pond management tools.
Why Trap Turtles
If you have a pond, then you will have turtles. But, determining if you need to remove turtles is based on two things: what are the goals for your pond and what type of turtles do you have? Very often, ponds managed as fisheries will get overpopulated with turtles because of the increased food source. And too many turtles means too much competition for resources. So, if you have a fishery, you probably need to remove turtles to ensure the health of your fish.
No matter what, if you have snapping turtles in your pond or lake, or even soft-shell turtles, you’ll probably want to remove them because they can be dangerous to pets and children. But if that is your situation, this isn’t the right trap for you. Our turtle trap is designed to catch sunbathing turtles, and snapping turtles don’t sunbathe.
Trap placement to increase your chances of catching turtles
Handmade, durable and long-lasting
Just like all Pond King products, our turtle traps are made from scratch using the highest quality materials so your turtle trap will last for years, even if you leave it out in the water the entire time. The frame is welded aluminum, the flaps are also aluminum with stainless steel hinges, and the cage is made from coated galvanized mesh panels. The molded vinyl floats boast a seamless design without air valves, ensuring a maintenance-free experience with no risk of leaks or hassle.
Up to 50 adult turtles
1 trap/ 4-5 acres
When you order a Turtle Trap from Pond King, you’ll receive:
- Welded-aluminum Frame and Coated Galvanized Cage
- 2 Aluminum Flaps
- 2 Molded Marine Vinyl Floats
- Flap Hardware: 4 Stainless Steel Screws with Lock Nuts
- Float Hardware: 4 Square Tube Bushings, 4 Galvanized 3/8” Bolts, 12 Large Flat Washers, 4 Nuts
- Unfold the mesh pieces to form the cage and attach with zip ties.
- Set the aluminum frame on top of the cage.
- Attach vinyl floats with 3/8” bolts, large washers and tube bushings.
- Attach flippers to hinges on the frame with small stainless screws and nuts.
To set the turtle trap in smaller ponds, you will need two ropes and a stake. One rope should be approximately 3′ longer than your water depth (to attach a weight to and use as an anchor) and one at least 30′ long for moving the trap in and out of the water.
- Tie one end of the shorter rope to the turtle trap frame and the other to the weight (we recommend a brick or 1/2 cinder block)
- Tie one end of the longer rope to the trap.
- Put the weight and turtle trap on the bank on one side of the pond. Take the longer rope in hand and walk to the other side of the pond. Pull the rope to move the trap and weight into the pond. We recommend having the trap at least 30′ from the shoreline.
- Tie the free end of the rope to a stake at the bank.
For larger ponds and lakes you will need to use a boat. Attach an anchor to the turtle trap like in step 1 above. Take the trap and weight out into the pond at least 30′ from the shoreline. Drop the weight and trap into the pond.