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 Floating Turtle Traps. Our sun-bathing turtle trap consists of an all welded aluminum frame and flippers with stainless steel hinges, and is designed to catch turtles. When turtles climb up to sun, they will fall into the trap. (Please note, this trap was not designed to catch any kind of snapping turtle.) The Pond King Floating Turtle Trap will hold as many as 50 adult turtles.
Our sunbathing floating turtle trap consists of an all welded aluminum frame and flippers with stainless steel hinges.
The 23″x25″x16″ cage is made from PVC coated galvanized panels and the floats are molded vinyl fenders. The live turtle trap will hold up to 50 adult turtles with the wide flippers preventing any escape. A single floating turtle trap is all that is needed for smaller ponds. We typically recommend adding a trap for every 4-5 acres of water.
Floating Turtle Trap Specifications
23″ x 25″ x 16″ PVC Coated Galvanized Cage
Stainless Steel Hinges
Molded Vinyl Fenders
Capacity: up to 50 adult turtles
Your Pond King Floating Turtle Trap will catch the most turtles when the water is cooler and turtles are looking to get up and sun bathe. 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 most common turtle is commonly referred to as the red eared slider. These turtles are considered omnivorous, consuming aquatic insects, tadpoles, snails, crawfish, juvenile fish, 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 Turtles in check.
Please note, this trap was not designed to catch snapping turtles as they don’t usually come up to sun themselves. Snapping turtle traps are typically submerged.
How to Set the Floating Turtle Trap
1. 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.
2. 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)
3. Tie one end of the longer rope to the trap.
4. 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.
5. 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.
Check the floating turtle trap and remove any turtles about every two weeks
Remove other floating surface debris to increase catch frequency.
Download the assembly instructions for the Pond King Floating Turtle Trap HERE.
- What is the Pond King Floating Turtle Trap constructed of?
The Pond King Floating Turtle Trap is built to last with an all welded aluminum frame and flippers with stainless steel hinges. The floats are molded vinyl fenders. No messy foam to worry about and superb flotation.
- How does the floating turtle trap work?
When turtles climb up to reach the warmth of the sun, they fall into the trap and are unable to climb back out.
- How many turtles will the floating turtle trap hold?
The trap will hold as many as 50 adult turtles. Some pond owners have reported even more turtles in one trap!
- What kind of turtles will the floating turtle trap be able to catch?
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.
- What kind of warranty is available on the Pond King Floating Turtle Trap?
Our Pond King Floating Turtle Trap carries a 5 year warranty on the frame and welds.
- How many traps should I put on my pond?
We typically recommend adding one turtle trap for every 4-5 acres of water.
- Do I need to use bait with the Pond King Turtle Trap?
No bait is needed to be able to catch turtles in our floating trap.
- How big is the Pond King Floating Turtle Trap?
The floating turtle trap is 23”x25”x 16” PVC Coated Galvanized Cage.
The Pond King Floating Turtle Trap is shipped to you via UPS Ground with a welded box frame and cage ready to go. You will attach the floats and flippers with the included hardware in just a few minutes.
Shipping Box Dimensions: 28″x28″x16″, 28 lbs
Our Pond King floating turtle trap carries a 5 year warranty on the frame/welds.