Turtles sunning on a pond rock.

Did you know you can find our Turtle Habitat inside our Ponds Department?

Since 2006, Vandermeer Nursery has welcomed many pet turtles in need of a place to live. We accept turtles that are available through the pet trade such as Red Ear Sliders, Yellow-bellied Sliders, and Cooters. We offer a temporary home for these reptiles in need who may be neglected, mistreated or are otherwise unwanted. Our end goal is finding appropriate new “forever” homes for these turtles.

Many non-native turtles from the pet trade are released into our natural ecosystems by owners who no longer wish to care for them. This is not only illegal, this endangers our native species of turtles. If you, or someone you know, is no longer able to care for their pet turtle, please call our store at (905) 427-2525 and ask for the Pond Department to arrange a drop off appointment. 

Please note that our Sanctuary has limited capacity. Please call for space availability before bringing a turtle to our location.

Our Turtle Sanctuary offers our staff an opportunity to:

  • create awareness to the public about Non-Native vs Native turtle species
  • promote responsible pet ownership practices
  • educate proper husbandry and maintenance practices for these wonderful reptiles