Turtle Tours: Things To Do in Peachtree City

Turtle Tours in Peachtree City
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Turtle Traditions

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One of my many favorite past times is walking around Huddleston Pond in the early morning. Featured all around the pond are turtles big and small sunning themselves on the grass and logs. It is the cutest sight to be seen! I started bringing cat food to feed them off the dock and once I toss a couple pieces of food in, they come gathering around the dock by the dozens! This is what started my yearly "Turtle Tours" tradition with friends and family.

How to Catch the Turtles

The easiest and safest way to catch the turtles is with a fishing net and tasty food that floats on the water. This is why the cat food is so perfect to feed them because it has an appetizing meaty scent that lures them in close to the top of the water at a perfect scoop able distance. The best net to bring is a large and shallow fishing net with a long pole. My pole wasn't quite long enough to reach the water from the dock so I attached a broomstick with tape for some extra length. Once the turtles are gathered and happily eating, take your net and position it behind the turtle and quickly swoop one up. It is so fun and exciting and safe for the turtles.

Turtles We Caught

I recognized some of the types of turtles swimming around. There were Yellow Bellied Sliders, Red Eared Sliders, Spiny Softshell Turtles and Florida Softshell Turtles. I have seen an Alligator Snapper in Huddleston Pond before but they don't come up for feeding time at the dock.

One special turtle we named Captain Hook. He has a fishing hook stuck in his mouth and his front right leg is a stump. This was probably from a fishing accident. Check out his picture and let us know how you think he got his stump leg.

Handling the Turtles

I would advise you not to handle the turtles unless you have experience in the area. Most turtles BITE and all turtles can carry Salmonella. At the end of our adventure we all made sure to wash and apply hand sanitizer.

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  1. pamela pearson on August 19, 2014 at 8:29 am

    What types of turtles are they.

  2. Janet B on August 6, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    That fish hook in it’s mouth it his on fault. Trying to get the fish’s worms. HEE HEE
    Not sure about Turtles, but I know for sure it is against the law to NET fish out of any PTC lakes. I’ve seen people get caught by a sheriff’s deputy. I think it may be a state law. They want even let you do it and throw the fish back. Some Crazy Law.


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