If you have fish, then you will have turtles. Very often managed ponds will get overpopulated with turtles because of the increased food source. Thinning the turtle numbers is as easy as dropping in one of our Pond King Turtle Traps. Our sun-bathing trap consists of an all welded aluminum frame and flippers with stainless steel hinges.
The cage is made from coated galvanized panels and the floats are molded vinyl fenders. These maintenance-free materials come together to produce a floating turtle trap that will be there season after season. These live traps will hold up to 50 adult turtles with the wide flippers preventing any escape.
The Pond King Floating Turtle Trap is most effective when the water is cooler and turtles are looking to get up and sunbathe. Expect higher numbers at first and a declining catch as turtles are removed. We have seen as many as 125 turtles removed from a 1 acre pond in one season.
The turtle you are most likely to catch is commonly referred to as the Red-eared Slider. These turtles are considered omnivorous, consuming juvenile fish, aquatic insects, tadpoles, snails, crawfish, dead animals, and plants. They will consume fish food readily, but the major problem they pose is the destruction of spawning beds of both bluegill and bass. A single female will lay 1-3 clutches of 4-23 eggs each during a season, so keep your Pond King Floating Turtle Trap in year round to keep the numbers of Red-eared Slider turtles in check.
(Please note, this trap was not designed to catch snapping turtles as they don’t usually come up to sun themselves.)
Our sunbathing floating turtle trap consists of an all welded aluminum frame and flippers with stainless steel hinges. The 23″x 25″x 16″ cage is made with coated galvanized panels and the floats are molded vinyl fenders.