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Can a turtle live with my ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jupiter_moon_3, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. jupiter_moon_3

    jupiter_moon_3 In the Brooder

    Jun 28, 2011
    I found out the hard way that koi will die in a duck pond. It actually used to be a koi pond until I got the ducks, I was very attached to my fish... We found a large red ear slider on the highway today, I believe he was a pet who was dumped. It happens a lot with turtles, people don't want them when they get bigger, just like chicks and ducks. [​IMG] But my question is, will the water be toxic to the turtle? Will they bother each other?

  2. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Songster

    Aug 30, 2010
    Western Mass
    I don't know much about turtles, but ducks are very messy. I have to clean my pool out daily because they fill it with mud, poop, rocks and more poop. Unless you have a really good filter, I am not sure that much would survive in there.
  3. Pinky

    Pinky Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    Some zoos keep small turtles with waterfowl. I would try it as long as it's not a snapping turtle or similar with a large mouth. Try it surpervised first. Oh, and I was told chlorine was toxic to aquatic turtles, so if the water is from a well, I know it would be ok.
    Also aquatic turtles need good filters, they're mess without them.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2011
  4. As with just about everything else there is a site devoted to the Red Slider:

    NOTE: Red Sliders are sometimes carriers of salmonella. Take this into consideration.

    OldGuy43 [​IMG]
  5. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    I don't know how big your pool/pond is but I have a 1/2 acre pond and the ducks r in there lots and its full of fish and turtles.
  6. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Songster

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    Some red eared sliders have been known to take ducklings. But, if the pond is big enough, they should be fine with a few adult ducks. But, it would have to be a sizable pond. I think a terrarium would be better for the turtle, instead.
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

  8. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    A turtle can't live in concentrated duck water. The zoos that do it have multi-million dollar filtration systems.

    Ducks will eat a small turtle. A huge turtle will eat ducks.

    Maybe some other plans for the turtle?
  9. jupiter_moon_3

    jupiter_moon_3 In the Brooder

    Jun 28, 2011
    Thanks everyone! If I knew it was wild, I would have just relocated it to the river, that would be ideal. However, I think he was probably domestic, so I'm going to do some research and see if that would be safe. My ducks are fully grown, but the turtle is fairly large, maybe 10" long. My pond is 1800 gallons or so, it's about 9x9x18". I'd rather not risk it, he must have been alive for quite some time already, and I don't want his life to end because some idiot dumped him on the highway! Thanks for the input, hopefully he'll go back to a more natural environment!

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