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Snapping Turtles

I was reading the thread about coyotes that was just posted and am always on the look-out for them. Here's another "critter" that could be harmful to our furbabies that I never thought about - snapping turtles! We just now had a heavy rainstorm and I took Cazzie outside to see if there was a rainbow. I happened to look down and there in the grass was a big snapping turtle, dinner-plate size. I quickly snatched up Cazzie before he saw it and went over to investigate. I read in the animal ID book that they come on land to lay eggs and are very aggresive at that time. I have never seen one here before.

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Thanks for that heads up. I don't think I've ever seen one out of the water!

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Ouch - that would hurt if one got a hold of our little guys. Quick thinking on your part.


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What's a snapping turtle doing in your neighborhood???

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What's a snapping turtle doing in your neighborhood???
We live in a semi-rural area - used to be farms and woodland but now getting built up - most homes have some acreage - and there is a small natural pond or swale behind our house. I have seen harmless painted turtles but never a snapping turtle in the 20 years we've lived here. I think I will keep Cazzie on his leash instead of letting him poke around on the perimeters of the lawn like I usually do. My husband said the snapper could easily have broken Cazzie's leg.

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Suzie,

I live in a neighborhood with a neighborhood pond and we have snapping turtles too... and some of my neighbors let their dogs SWIM in the pond!! Roxie jumped in once while she was on her leash and I snatched her right out. My "swimming dog" neighbors think I'm being silly but I don't want Roxie being turtle food!! (Not to mention all the fertilizer run off from the lawns... yuck!)

edited to add this picture which I took IN MY BACKYARD a couple of years ago... he was about 12 inches long!

Hopng to meet you and Cazzie on Saturday! No turtles allowed!
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I have a ton of memories as a child in Northern Mi (Gaylord) where my uncle had property with a giant lake (called Turtle Lake). I do not remember turtles on land, but I have vivid memories of turtles caught in the lake. We killed them all as we caught them.
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We have all kinds of snapping turtles around here,but not in my yard. With the floods we are seeing alot crossing the roads---they can be very nasty----when I was a kid Dad and I stopped to keep from hitting one on the road and we got a tree branch to kind of swish at it and move it on----well it made it mad or something and it snapped real load and jumped up into the air(you wouldn't think they could---but oh yes!)and it grabbed the branch and snapped it in two! It scared both of us(Dad too) as he didn't know they were that aggressive.....needless to say....we left the cranky snapper to fend for himself-----

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It's funny you should post this because I was just talking about this to my husband. We were considering buying a house with canal frontage and I mentioned that I'd worry about the snapping turtles. He thought I was silly, but I don't think so. When we lived on the lake before, they would always get a few of the baby swans.

I found a baby snapping turtle last summer in our pool. He was only about an inch and half long and looked like a little dinosaur. They're kinda scary looking even when they are tiny! Hubby put him in the pond down the street, but we were tempted to off the little sucker. Neither one of us has that killer instinct, though!

I will remember as long as I live catching a big snapping turtle when I was fishing at about age 5. My great-uncle whipped out his knife and cut the turtle's head off. I remember the body walking around in circles without the head!!! Eeeeew!

Edited to add: Great photo, Ann!!!

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I will remember as long as I live catching a big snapping turtle when I was fishing at about age 5. My great-uncle whipped out his knife and cut the turtle's head off. I remember the body walking around in circles without the head!!! Eeeeew!
That's funny.... I had a similar experience fishing with my dad and I think that is why I am scared of them too. And we just caught it and let it go.... seeing a headless turtle walking around would give me nightmares for a long time!!! (just pretend that's a turtle!)

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