- A tiny reptile with a shell on its back. It can be found in rivers and ponds.
Pond turtles are a common source of food and one of the few sources of shells. They can be found in any pool of water and are gathered by fishing. Pond turtles can also be found by digging into an aquifer or by creating water outside the area of pre-existing water sources such as rivers or cavern water. One tile is sufficient, so long as the fishing zone covers only that one tile.
To harvest a shell, the pond turtle must be processed at a Fishery. This will produce a pond turtle shell and an edible pond turtle. Currently one stack of pond turtles  will only produce one shell due to bug 808. Bug:0808 If a pond turtle is eaten before it is processed, no shell will be produced.
Pond turtles purchased from caravans are already processed and thus have no shell.
When you buy an empty cage from the traders, there's a chance you will get a vermin inside, including pond turtles, however, you can't get a shell from a tame pet pond turtle you bought from a caravan.
The only way you can get a shell from pond turtles is by having a fisherdwarf perform the fishing labor, producing a raw pond turtle, which is then taken to a fishery and processed to get a shell and a pond turtle food item. Even if you release that tame vermin and it gets killed by a cat or caught in a door or web, the only result will be pond turtle remains, not a raw pond turtle you can take to a fisherdwarf's workshop and process to get a shell.
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The pond turtle's elusive cousin, the mighty aquifer turtle, is just like a pond turtle but can be fished in dug aquifers. It is entirely similar to the pond turtle, but one wonders how can the turtle swim between grains of rock in the aquifer and then feed a dwarf.
These wondrous beasts seem to spontaneously generate in dug aquifers, for some reason. Maybe they don't like being in aquifers so squeeze themselves really hard between two grains of rock?
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