Ok guys, we only have a few days to figure this out, so shoot! A very good friend of mine that I've grown up has 4 sliders (reds and yellows). She has been at college for the last few years, and left the turtles in the care of her mom. Her mom takes great care of them, but she's had melanoma cancer for near 10 years now, and it's really catching up with her, to the point where she's not able to do much of anything, can't hardly get out house, can't drive. Simple day to day things take a lot out of her. She's not got long left, and she's preparing herself and my friend for it. She's recently decided to donate the turtles to a zoo, and they have agreed totals them, and we are to go up there with her Sunday to do so. My friend has had two of these turtles since before the size ban (got them when they were quarter sized), and the two others were rescues, one handy capped and hatched by them from an egg given to them by a local wildlife center run by family. That said, I'd hate for my friend to lose her turtles, even ifntheybwill he receiving the best care that a zoo could provide. So, I was wondering... I have two goldfish ponds. The fish are big enough not to be eaten by the turtles. We could fence in pond area, make it more turtle accessible, and keep them until my friend gets a place of her own and can take them back. They already live outdoors, on a screened in patio in very large kiddy pools. In the winter they get heaters and on very cold nights the heaters are turned up and the pools covered. Obviously, the cost to heat my large ponds makes doing that out of the option, but they can be brought in in large tubs or the like when it's too cold at night for them. The three largest are 8 or 9 inches long (two females and a male), and the smallest and youngest, Scooter (gimpy back legs from some dumb head disturbing the nest, which is how the wildlife center became involved), is 4 inches. I don't know what gender Scooter is. "He" lives alone, with some tilapia fry for company (they were supposed to minnows, but they soon started getting quite large and breeding and now years later they still haven't gotten rid of them all). The other three live in a larger pool, with no fish. So, do you guys think this could be done? I haven't run it by anyone yet (my mom, t friend, or her mom), as was just a random thought, and I don't want to get anyone's hopes up by mentioning it, and then it not be able to work out... Thoughts?