Frequently Asked Questions

Private Fishing Ponds

There are many turtles in my pond. Should I remove some of them?

Studies indicate that turtles don’t usually harm fish populations. Their diet consists mostly of plants, insects, small crustaceans, and fish that were already dead.

Turtles can be trapped, but relocating them isn’t always a good idea. If an animal is released into a habitat that doesn’t already contain that species, it can unbalance local plant and animal communities. If an animal is removed from an ecological niche where it “fits,” another animal just like it will often move in to occupy the space. Therefore, it may not be practical to try to eliminate all the turtles from your pond.

The Texas Cooperative Extension Service offers a fact sheet on turtle control.