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    I used to deal with those bastards in Lake George, NY. Those guys are mean as hell, fast as hell and the muscle structure of their mouths makes it so their jaws are clamped tightly shut when relaxed meaning in one grabs on to your hand and doesn't want to let go, even if you kill the MFer, you still need tools to pry the jaws open.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fettpett View Post
    must be down south, not up here
    They were coming up north from New Orleans to get them because they have eaten them out of the bayous, Last I heard there were laws about taking them across state lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pyackog View Post
    I used to deal with those bastards in Lake George, NY. Those guys are mean as hell, fast as hell and the muscle structure of their mouths makes it so their jaws are clamped tightly shut when relaxed meaning in one grabs on to your hand and doesn't want to let go, even if you kill the MFer, you still need tools to pry the jaws open.
    Snappers rarely let go of someone once they have sunk their teeth in. You expect turtles to be different?
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    had an encounter with one when i was a kid. fishing with my grand dad in a boat. he hooked one and pulled it in . for some reason it turn around and went after me !!!! those jaws snappin' away. he pushed me all the way back to the bow. my grand dad laffed his ass off then threw it over. scared the shit outta me
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckerMe View Post
    The dogs were acting funny when I got back from my walk. It was hot and I left them outside for about an hour, and they swarmed me when I got back, both of them trying to tell me something.
    Morgan finally got my attention my pointing at it and barking....


    She had crawled right up on the back porch. I didn't notice her and just walked by her at first. When I returned she got aggressive. I'd never been around a snapping turtle before, and I was astounded how fast she was! Like a snake!

    So I got a garden tool and put her in a 5 gallon bucket. Took her across the fence and into the woods about 200 feet away.

    Two hours later she was back. Same spot. Still pissed. Snapped. Hissed.

    5 gallon bucket again. Garden tool.............but this time she rode in the back of the pickup to a lake about 3 miles away.


    She was still pissed the last time I saw her.........I think she is looking for a spot to lay eggs.


    Live long, Snapper (I understand they live about 30 years).
    My sister does not use mouse kill traps.. she captures and releases them.. like you with the turtle. Last year, she took the SAME mouse across the street, through the territory of lots of stray cats.. through an apartment complex and into the woods.. SEVEN TIMES.

    The last time, she drove the thing miles away and released it, and never saw it again.

    She knew it was the same mouse because its tail was broken and bent at an odd angle... the housing for the release thinger was clear, and she could see if she had a mouse. This mouse, unlike others, didnt run when she released it.. it just strolled out of the trap. We figure it was back at her place before she was. haha.
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    I'm reading a fascinating book called "Fannie's Last Supper". The author recreates a Christmas Dinner from the back (menu section) of Fannie Farmer's 1896 cookbook.

    One of the dishes involves either a turtle or mock turtle soup (this is a Victorian menu, obviously). After doing both, the author concludes that the mock turtle version is much superior which explains why so many cookbooks of the era had a mock turtle recipe. It wasn't a lack of turtles; they just don't taste all great. :D
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    I dunno what they taste like....I tried alligator once, and it was pretty good.

    But I didn't see the sense in killing her. Evidently, they roam quite a distance looking for ....I dunno, something. I saw an ambulance stopped beside the freeway once in Georgia. There was a crowd around. Seems some biker thought he knew all about snapping turtles. Ha. Snapper showed him a thing or two.

    Those of you who have seen one in action (I had not) are right when you say they move like lightning. They don't move far, of course, just quick. I think if she is a typical snapping turtle I'm the closest she will ever come to a human.

    If there is any doubt as to whether you are looking at a snapping turtle, look for two things:
    1)They are a little too large for their shell - they can't close it up like a box turtle, for instance.
    2)And look for that alligator tail. Very prominent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckerMe View Post
    I dunno what they taste like....I tried alligator once, and it was pretty good.

    But I didn't see the sense in killing her. Evidently, they roam quite a distance looking for ....I dunno, something. I saw an ambulance stopped beside the freeway once in Georgia. There was a crowd around. Seems some biker thought he knew all about snapping turtles. Ha. Snapper showed him a thing or two.

    Those of you who have seen one in action (I had not) are right when you say they move like lightning. They don't move far, of course, just quick. I think if she is a typical snapping turtle I'm the closest she will ever come to a human.

    If there is any doubt as to whether you are looking at a snapping turtle, look for two things:
    1)They are a little too large for their shell - they can't close it up like a box turtle, for instance.
    2)And look for that alligator tail. Very prominent.
    And if that mouth is open, look for a worm-like protrusion on their tongue. The alligator snapping turtles lay in the bottom of a stream and open that mouth and wiggle the tongue like a lure. The fish gets too close and snap---no more fish.

    We have very large loggerhead sea turtles at Mote Marine in Sarasota. We just lost one, Edgar, who was very interesting. She (they didn't sex her right when they first got her) was amelanistic---almost an albino but without the pink eyes. She was rescued from a nest on the beach when just a hatchling. She would have never survived in the wild, but lived til 18 years old at the Aquarium. She just died a few months ago.

    I couldn't kill a turtle for the food or for the shits and grins of it. We have a small lake in our subdivision that has many turtles. Some of the local kids fish for the turtles and then just turn them upside down on the bank and leave them. There's a special place for little blankety blanks like them. One of the neighbors watches and runs out and rights the turtles and shooshes them to the pond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaintLouieWoman View Post
    And if that mouth is open, look for a worm-like protrusion on their tongue. The alligator snapping turtles lay in the bottom of a stream and open that mouth and wiggle the tongue like a lure. .............. One of the neighbors watches and runs out and rights the turtles and shooshes them to the pond.
    I'd forgotten about that tongue thingy.......she didn't wiggle it at me, anyway:)

    A special blessing to your neighbor....:):) There is something right about helping an animal who cannot help himself...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckerMe View Post
    I'd forgotten about that tongue thingy.......she didn't wiggle it at me, anyway:)

    A special blessing to your neighbor....:):) There is something right about helping an animal who cannot help himself...
    Agreed. It was very nice of you to take the turtle away from the house. If it wasn't a snapper, it might have made a nice outdoor "pet". But no one would want one of those around the house---and the dogs. It's a good thing they weren't hurt.

    Mote took in a couple month old bottlenosed dolphin that was stranded off Sanibel and brought to our dolphin/whale hospital. They had volunteers and staff with Taz 24/7. Lucikly they found a home for the young dolphin (too young to be released as he wouldn't know how to fend for himself) at the Indianapolis Zoo, where they have other dolphins. Taz would have been too large to put in with our two resident dolphins, a long snouted spinner dolphin and a pantropical spotted dolphin. They are 100 and 175 pounds respectively. The bottlenose can get up to 600 pounds. Our tank isn't that large.

    Our two dolphins are non-releasable because one has liver disease and the other also was too young when she stranded to be released in the wild.
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