Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Southwestern New Mexico, out in the middle of nowhere
Choosing proper turtle/reptile help
I have a 22,380 gal fresh water split level pond which currently hosts small fish and a large bull frog. It is visited daily by quail, rabbits and other small birds.
The upper level is 6 to 12 inches deep and is approx. 45' x 12' avg. It has a 24" wide bridge over it, and 3 submerged platforms that provide from 1-1/2" - 2" of water, all the way to exposed platform edge. There are approximately 100-150 very small fish (mosquito eaters mostly, about 25 gold fish). Minimal plants; waterfall at one end; dead flow water at other end and runs a little warmer than a home tank.
The lower level is 12 to 36 inches deep and is approx. 75' x 15' avg. It has a 36" wide x 48' ramp over it, and is tapered at both ends. There is a waterfall in the middle, a 12" waterfall at one end with a large cleanout box and gentle waterfall/river at the other end. Minimal plants and has two deep cool spots and two covered platforms with 2" of water cover. There are about 250 small gold fish (1"-3") and 50 or so mosquito eaters that went over the upper level falls.
What I need help with is choosing what type of non-fish (turtles, reptiles, etc.) that I could put into this pond and what would it take as far as management and upkeep.