IT WON'T KILL YA, BUT...

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IT WON'T KILL YA, BUT...

Postby yagyujubei » Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:34 pm

A week or two ago, I was sitting on the porch after mowing, and look who strools up my drive:
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It's a male common snapping turtle. 14" carapace and about 25 pounds.(10kg)
He was very wild, and didn't like me one bit.
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Postby Pieter89 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:40 pm

Little scary, but really interesting! Awesome!
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Postby Ales » Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:59 pm

That is adorable!

Where u stay?
What a world....
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Postby yagyujubei » Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:19 am

I'm in the US. Northern Ohio.
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Postby fredsmith » Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:40 am

Mean looking animal! Wow.
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Postby fuscusV2 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:51 am

That there is the reason I don't understand Americans who skinnydip!
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Postby cvanvollenstee » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:00 am

I would not mind raising one of these captive bred hatchlings. They are so cute and they grow into these dinosour looking animal. Simply awesome.
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Postby fastback » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:21 am

Thanks for sharing!

I think they are stunning creatures, them and leeches :).
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Postby yagyujubei » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:31 pm

cvanvollenstee wrote:I would not mind raising one of these captive bred hatchlings. They are so cute and they grow into these dinosour looking animal. Simply awesome.

The hatchlings are very personable, and I have seen very tame large adults. This one was VERY bitey, in the second pic, he's in a typical agressive stance, ready to strike. They can extend their neck a seemingly impossible length, and at the same time, launch themselves forward using those huge legs and tail. I really wouldn't want to get bit. I took him to a local river for release since I really didn't want him in my pond, plus my neighbor eats 'em.
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Postby cvanvollenstee » Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:31 pm

yagyujubei wrote:
cvanvollenstee wrote:plus my neighbor eats 'em.


HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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Postby Bushviper » Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:44 pm

Wow I wonder how old he was. I have been told the females do not leave the ponds and only the males move around. Tricky to handle them I guess.

Is it legal to eat them? Poison a road killed one and give that to your neighbour. If he get sick or even dies then thats just so sad. Might be a deterrent to others to leave them alone.
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Postby Aaxel » Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:26 am

awsome!!,but scary!
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Postby froot » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:51 am

It was looking for your cat. I must be honest, that is not a pretty creature, but thanks for sharing.
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Postby F1refly » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:18 am

:smt007 I want one. You say it is a Snapping Turtle right? i didn't even know there were different species other than the ol Alligator Snapping Turtle
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Re: IT WON'T KILL YA, BUT...

Postby yagyujubei » Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:33 pm

F1refly wrote::smt007 I want one. You say it is a Snapping Turtle right? i didn't even know there were different species other than the ol Alligator Snapping Turtle

Yes, this is a Common Snapper (Chelydra serpentina)widespread in about 1/2 of US, and southern Canada. Alligator snappers are mainly in the Southeast US. There are also Florida snappers, and a couple of South american species. When they get to this size, they're difficult to carry around, especially if they are trying to seperate you from a couple of fingers.They can stretch their necks backwards to about halfway on their shells.I have to admit that I wasn't real comfortable with this guy. In May and early June around here is Springtoime, and they seem to move around from place to place.
Bushviper wrote:Wow I wonder how old he was. I have been told the females do not leave the ponds and only the males move around. Tricky to handle them I guess.

Is it legal to eat them? Poison a road killed one and give that to your neighbour. If he get sick or even dies then thats just so sad. Might be a deterrent to others to leave them alone.

In Ohio, thay're legal to kill with a fishing lisense. Most of the turtle eaters are in the southern US. My neighbor, who thinks they're a delicacy, has given me eggs that he's found on a couple occasions while dressing them, which sucessfully hatched.
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