Pond King Floating Turtle Trap
A Set Pond King Floating Turtle Trap on a Pond
Turtle Trap full of turtles
Turtle Trap
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Turtle Trap in Pond
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Turtle Trap

Regular price$299.00
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Our sunbathing floating turtle trap consists of an all-welded aluminum frame and flaps with stainless steel hinges. The 23″x 25″x 16″ cage is made with coated galvanized panels and the floats are one-piece molded vinyl fenders eliminating the risk of leaks and the hassle of reinflation. As turtles climb onto the flaps seeking sun warmth, they inadvertently fall into the trap, unable to escape, providing an effective solution for turtle management.

  • Catch sunbathing turtles
  • No bait needed
  • 5-year warranty of frame and welds
  • Can hold up to 50 adult turtles
  • 1 trap covers 4-5 acres
  • 23"x25"x16"

I can't even begin to remember how many turtles we've taken out of our pool. Best of all my pond management tools.

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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

We have an entire blog post that goes into a lot of detail about where to put your turtle trap, but there are a few factors you should consider when determining the ideal placement of your turtle traps. Being able to access it to remove the turtles is an important consideration. If you don't have access to a boat or other means to set or empty the trap, you're limited to placing it by a dock or close to land. This can limit the effectiveness of the trap because it gives the animals access to easier, more familiar structures.
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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

More Details

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
The Pond King Turtle Trap ships for free via ground shipping to any physical address in the continental U.S. (no PO Boxes, please). 

We manufacture the Pond King Floating Turtle Trap at our facility in Lindsay, Texas and it carries a limited 5 year warranty on the frame and welds. We don’t manufacture the floats, but the manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty against splitting or bursting. This does not cover any sort of misuse or puncturing (caused by beavers eating or gunshots, etc) and you will be asked to send your floats in for inspection should you wish to make a claim under the warranty. 
You’ll receive complete assembly instructions with your turtle trap, but it's pretty simple.
  1. Unfold the mesh pieces to form the cage and attach with zip ties.
  2. Set the aluminum frame on top of the cage.
  3. Attach vinyl floats with 3/8” bolts, large washers and tube bushings.
  4. Attach flippers to hinges on the frame with small stainless screws and nuts.

View the assembly video here.

Download the full instructions here.

Have more questions?

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have. Let us help you determine if the Turtle Trap is right for you.



The Pond King turtle trap can catch a variety of turtles, but the most common one you will find in your trap is the Red-eared slider. This trap is not designed to catch snapping turtles.
When turtles climb up to reach the warmth of the sun, they fall into the trap and are unable to climb back out.
The trap will hold as many as 50 adult turtles. Some pond owners have reported even more turtles in one trap!

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.

  1. 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)
  2. Tie one end of the longer rope to the trap.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

You should check the floating turtle trap and remove any turtles about every two weeks. Remove other floating surface debris to increase catch frequency. 
The Pond King Floating Turtle Trap is built to last with an all welded aluminum frame and flaps with stainless steel hinges. The floats are one-piece molded vinyl fenders. No leaky air valves to worry about and superb flotation.
We typically recommend adding one turtle trap for every 4-5 acres of water.
No bait is needed to be able to catch sunbathing turtles in our floating trap. If you are trying to catch snapping turtles or softshell turtles, bait may be necessary, but you’ll need a different trap as these turtles do NOT sunbathe.
The floating turtle trap is 23”x 25”x 16” Coated Galvanized Cage and can hold about 50 adult redear sliders.