I spent a few years living in the U.K. In late 90s-early 2000s and I noticed they were a trendy pet back then.Yes they are. The thing is they are easy to keep outside. I don't think many people in the UK actually realise this is a viable option. Lots of people have garden ponds and could probably cater for a couple of turtles. I'm trying to make it more widely known that this is a workable and enjoyable option for the turtles and the keeper.
I've always stayed clear of Facebook until recently but it's a great platform to spread a little awareness.
I'm not changing the world here but if I can help a few turtles find a good home it's well worth the time.
I give them a carrot soak on arrival. This is very good for turtles and all of mine get this treatment on day of collection. I also give them an acclimatising period, especially those kept in warm tanks. To be honest though they adapt very quickly and overall are very hardy and resilient.I spent a few years living in the U.K. In late 90s-early 2000s and I noticed they were a trendy pet back then.
Saw some very neglected ones in filthy tanks and their shells were sort of peeling off the top coating and they were all white underneath.
If they have been living in a tank for so long before you get them do you have to train or rehabilitate them in some way before they can live in the pond? I imagine it's a shock for them to suddenly be living a semi wild life after 10+ years in a tank.
Only issues then should be birds or if it doesnt care about swimming. We have cranes that wreak havoc on ponds here. Also small mamels like raccoons and opossum.Foxes tend to be nocturnal predators and this is when the terrapins are safely underwater.
I think the safest turtle pond would have and island so nothing could get to them.
Maybe a future project for me to consider should I ever encounter any issues.
Herons used to be a pain when I had fish in the pond. They completely emptied my father in laws pond of fish. He keeps turtles too now. Neither he or I have lost a turtle to a heron. I'm hoping neither of us ever do.Only issues then should be birds or if it doesnt care about swimming. We have cranes that wreak havoc on ponds here. Also small mamels like raccoons and opossum.