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    Snapping Turtles

    This is NOT an "Ahhh" link - it's about a mean and vicious critter! I've always been interested in wildlife and although I've lived in Kentucky for 44 years, I've never heard about or thought about the subject of snapping turtles and the harm they do. Imagine if you will a poor cow or horse, standing belly-deep in a farm pond to cool off and drink and getting bitten on the leg or (yuck) udder by one of these monsters. These turtles are the size of a small dog and many times more fierce!

    There was a story in our local paper yesterday about a guy in Kentucky who calls himself "Turtle Man" and hires himself out to help farmers rid their farm ponds of these vicious beasts. I thought it was fascinating reading and the video is an eye opener. I never knew how fierce and how BIG these critters are. This guy follows the bubbles in a pond and brings 'em out with his bare hands. Not only that, but he's "humane" enough about it that he doesn't kill them but rather moves them to other locations where they will not likely do harm to farm stock or humans. Very interesting reading and viewing to me.

    Turtle Man of Kentucky entertains his fans by catching snapping turtles with his bare hands The newspaper story.

    YouTube - The Turtleman A YouTube of his pond adventures.
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    Re: Snapping Turtles

    Al,
    Interesting clip on that guy!
    We have a lot of "snappers" in some of the ponds here on the Cape. They can be really mean and nasty at times but if you leave them alone, they will usually leave you alone. We don't have many cattle in the area but I haven't heard of any cow attacks!

    That guy was catching little baby specimens, though.
    Only this summer, two young guys brought a snapper into the Museum. He was apparently hit by a car while trying to cross a road. ( a common occurrence ) He was banged up on the head and neck but his shell and legs were OK. It took two strong men to lift that turtle out of the back of his rescuer's pickup. You have to be really careful handling them because they can reach around to their sides surprisingly far. Also they have huge claws and will snag you with them if they can't take a bite out of you.

    Anyway, this one measured 21" across just his shell. His head was about the size of a soccer ball! His claws were each about four inches long. He was patched up as best as possible and we had the Police animal control officer come by and she put him in a big dog carrier and dropped him off at the nearest pond. ( don't know if it was his "home" pond but that's where he was released )
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    Re: Snapping Turtles

    I know what you mean Bob. When I was younger and living up in Vermont I used to see huge ones crossing the road going from one pond to another. I can still remember seeing the aftermath of a car accident that was caused by the car running over a Snapper! It caused the front tire assembly to fall apart and sent the car off the road into the trees. The driver never saw the turtle and said it was like hittting one of those speed bumps.

    Another time I remember seeing a truck tire (18-wheeler type) in the garage that I was working part-time in. The tire had a big gash in the side of it. The mechanic said it was caused by a snapping turtle that bit the truck tire as it was drivng past it. Said the truck driver had a hard time getting the snapper to let go!
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    Re: Snapping Turtles

    Still - kinda cute...
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    Re: Snapping Turtles

    For now!
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    Re: Snapping Turtles

    Ya, until the little guy reaches around and bites your finger, don't you know?

    He-who-must-not-be-named rescued a snapper one day when we were driving somewhere with Garbette and she started screaming about the poor turtle. Actually, all he did was pick the turtle up from behind and then run and put him back near the pond he came from. The turtle was too stunned to protest. Or else us Minnesotans have special powers..... <img src=/S/alien.gif border=0 alt=alien width=14 height=15>
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    Re: Snapping Turtles

    Here's another picture of a snapping turtle.
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    Re: Snapping Turtles

    I wouldn't have thought that there was much point getting an image of the back of the cheerful turtle's head?
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    Re: Snapping Turtles

    Probably a narcissistic snapping turtle.
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