Stop 10 Turtle PondThis is the Turtle Pond. This 800-gallon tank was installed in the home of Mr. Raffi Wechsler who then lived in Somerville but now lives in Iceland. When he moved to Iceland the tank and its inhabitants permanently moved to the wildlife center. It looks like the building was designed to have the turtle tank in it, but was in fact a happy accident. The space and the place fit the tank well. In this tank there are about 10 turtles and about 40 fish. It is hard to believe because it looks like a couple of turtles…period. Many of the tank’s inhabitants are well-camouflaged and are seen only after some quiet inspection. There is one celebrity in the tank and that is “WuWu” a southern soft-shelled turtle. He’s the star because this tank was originally built for him and he is also the most inquisitive member of the crew. His shell is built in much the same way as other turtle shells (that is, bone built from expanded ribs covered with skin) except his skin layer is soft and fleshy not thin & scaley. WuWu is about 45 years old. Other turtles in this tank include Diamond back Terrapins, Red-eared sliders, African Side-neck turtle, and map turtle. An identification and information guide to these turtles lies on the bench, unless someone has stolen it.