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· Amphibious · Fishable · Pet

Pet value 10
Active Seasons
Spring Summer Autumn Winter

Wikipedia article

This article is about an older version of DF.

Turtles exist on most maps, and wander in water sources, and along shoreline areas as well. Raw turtles caught by fisherdwarves must be processed at a fishery by someone with the fish cleaning skill before they can be consumed; turtles brought in the wagon on embarkation or bought from a caravan do not require cleaning. Consumption, but not cooking, of a turtle leaves behind a turtle shell and turtle bones. Shells are commonly demanded by dwarves who enter a Strange mood, and as such, it may be a good idea to bring a stock of turtles with you upon embark. Like most fish, they can be harvested too aggressively, and become depleted until the next repopulating of vermin. When caught, live turtles can be kept in a terrarium or aquarium.

If your dwarves are not eating your turtles fast enough for your preferences you can always delegate them to a dedicated stockpile in a sealed room, and remove the stockpile and lock the door to let them rot away, or forbid all other foodstuffs.