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Called Upon to Collect An Aggressive Snapping Turtle

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife )

- 2134 days ago -
We were called to collect a rather unusual character from a home in Suffolk - a common snapping turtle.

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Erin R (181)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 8:41 am
Thanks for the info.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 3:56 pm
noted, thank you Cher

Pat B (356)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 5:18 pm
Ran into one of these turtles years ago, (a juvenile) in my backyard. To make a long story short, we ended putting a towel over it and releasing it back into the wild. They can extend their necks to snap behind one needs to be very careful transporting them. Thank you, Cher for this.

liu wai ling (10)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 7:45 pm
Noted thanks

Sandi C (98)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 10:07 am

Christeen A (368)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 10:52 am
Be careful with these. It is best to cover their heads and take them to another place-by the water if possible.

. (0)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 12:00 pm
Interesting, as I have never seen one before.

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 12:39 pm
I've had a run-in with a snapping turtle and know first hand how dangerous they can be. I was determined to rescue the turtle because it was in the road and bound to be killed if not moved, but it took some doing to safely remove it from the road and return it to the swamp area where it belonged. I'm glad that the one in this story was rescued and kept safely confined.

Fred Krohn (34)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 1:01 pm
Non native wildlife should be represented by pictures and by plushies, not by live animals that can go on a rampage or starve when abandoned in the wild. Whether it's a snapper turtle in the UK, an Amazon constrictor in Florida, or a rabbit in Australia, non native wildlife should be ideally live trapped and deported back 'home'; some kinds can be culled by food hunting as well.

Dianne D (490)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 1:18 pm
They only snap if they feel threatened or have been abused.

Tucker T (44)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 1:48 pm


michelle t (41)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 2:38 pm
Glad he was rescued

Kate Kenner (215)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 3:27 pm
We have snapping turtles who live in the pond in the Arboretum near my house. They come out once in a while and people and their dogs just stay out of the way.They have been there for years and there has never been a problem.

Peace M (185)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 3:41 am
Reminds me of Chuck Berry's song My ding a ling.
"Once while swimming cross turtle creek
Man them snappers right at my feet
Sure was hard swimming cross that thing
with both hands holding my dingaling"

Of course this is no laughing matter, my apologies if I seem insensitive; it is not my intent.
Thanks for the article, Cher.

Ruth C (87)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 5:22 am
Poor thing, it was probably scared.

Janis B (7)
Friday July 20, 2012, 7:15 am
We were driving along a country road when I saw one ahead. We stopped the van in the middle of the road and shortly after a man drove up and fortunately he had a board and walking stick in his car. We dragged the animal onto the board and took him to ditch he was walking towards and hoped he would have more sense than to try to cross the road again. They do seem to be bad tempered creatures.
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