[QUOTE=wildlifer;7024660]Ermmm, not sure why someone has crazy snapping turtle hatred, strange sadism -- I work alongside them all the time, they are completely benign and fascinating to watch. Also, baby snapping turtles are FREAKING ADORABLE! They hiss and open their tiny mouths, "Imma snap youuuu!" while being about the size of a quarter, LOL.
I had an aged snapping turtle (per my google search that is what she was) try to dig holes in my tiny riding area a few years back. Poor thing clearly found my footing (just some sand over clay, no real footing) to not be of her liking. She dug four or five test holes and then left.
I wonder more where she came from. I am near a swamp but it is really not close if you are a turtle. (Only close for mosquitoes and other flying bugs.)
You can't move the eggs unless you orient them the exact same way as you found them. Put an "X" on top so you know, if you decide to move them. But as others have posted, you should really just leave them alone if you can. Most eggs won't make it anyway, so give every one a fighting chance.
These are great - thanks for this. Especially as I've been very wary of snapping turtles. Lots of horror stories, and warnings since a child to "stay away", or acquaintances who've made soup with them.
Originally Posted by wildlifer
"Imma snap youuuu!"
Love it. Just visualizing this has me LOL.
Originally Posted by Fairview Horse Center
Probably because they kill all of the baby ducklings and baby goslings in ponds.
Yup - nephew has a big pond alongside their yard with snappers. My sister just brought their daughter some requested baby ducklings, and is concerned for their welfare.
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We were driving back from Missouri this weekend (highway speed limit is 70), and there was a turtle working his way across two lanes from the median to the side. I managed to avoid him but I saw a semi behind me that obviously isn't going to be able to swerve. I couldn't even watch -- DH did, and said the driver went onto the shoulder to avoid hitting the turtle
We saw another one that didn't make it, though.
If you are fans of Zephyr's Garden equine products, the owner posts photos of her son's Sulcata tortoise Norbert on the ZG FB page - he has quite the following, and is such a character!
We have both painted and snapping turtles who lay eggs in our pasture. my favorite time is when the eggs hatch and the babies start matching toward water.
Some take a wrong turn. I found a baby snapper in the parking lot of our supermarket and there is no water anywhere in sight. I picked him up and put him in the pond near our barn.
Snappers are not my favorites -- they are very predatory and eat quite a few of the ducklings and goslings on the pond -- but I couldn't leave it there. I was very surprised that it hadn't been run over already as it was smack in the middle of the pavement.
We are in Central MA.
I've now gone from being distressed that they were there to worrying that some predator will dig up the eggs and eat them before they've hatched!
I've got one too! I see her once a year; she likes the outdoor arena and the rotten leaf scatter under the big forsythia island. Yesterday morning she trundled out of the swamp (and over the stone wall, not sure how she does THAT!) and motored across the barn-lot to lay her eggs. I went to say "Hi," then left her alone. Then she motored on back, efficiently. Far be it from ME to tell a dino what to do!
Well, you can put some 1 x 1 stakes in the ground about 3 feet high around the nest in a circle, and tack some plastic orange fence material to them - or even use electric fence T-posts so you have something large and obvious to stay away from. Just ride around it. I would do that and let them have their chance. Snappers don't hurt you unless you try to pick them up, really. Even in the ponds, they don't bite you, according to everything I heard.
Here's my snapper story - we had an old quarry near our house which was said to be 40 to 60 feet deep with lovely cold, clean water, and AT our house a small pond. The quarry had a stream coming out of it which fed our pond. One day the horse and cat saw something crashing through the woods to come out into 'their' pasture, and I was anxious, thinking it had to be a skunk and we were all going to get sprayed, because the cat and horse were fascinated and going to investigate. What came out of the woods along the creek from the quarry into our pasture was a HUGE snapping turtle - I mean huge, like the size of a land tortise from some other world - a small boy could ride it, no lie. Probably three feet across and four feet long, shell wise. It lumbered into the pasture and down to our pond, where it stayed for about 4 days and ate all the fish and all the baby canada geese, then walked back up the hill into the quarry lake. Man! Me and my girls used to go skinny dipping at night in that quarry! Can you imagine? We didn't do that again! Even though everyone said it wouldn't bother us, that was just - shudder - too creepy to swim with, knowing that thing was 40 feet under us, just...just...growing, and...and...eating...how old could it have been? 200 years old? I mean, wow!
...I am now at the stage of wine-surfing COTH
Pretty far down, it says they really just don't bite people unless really cornered. Very interesting page.
I really wonder if what I saw was a snapper. I feel I am really good at recogizing local turtle species, but I can't imagine one as large as what I saw, and the head is so recognizeable, and the neck was reallly long. It walked up high on its legs, was pretty fast, and obviously going for the water. I wish I had taken pics of it, but I never thought about the camera - it was like seeing bigfoot - you don't think about the camera until its all over, it was so astounding to see.
...I am now at the stage of wine-surfing COTH
Well, you can put some 1 x 1 stakes in the ground about 3 feet high around the nest in a circle, and tack some plastic orange fence material to them - or even use electric fence T-posts so you have something large and obvious to stay away from. Just ride around it.
Stakes and T-posts in an arena sound like a bad idea, but I can endorse the just ride around it idea. Better to use something softer to mark the area, like a road cone.
I'm not an outlier; I just haven't found my distribution yet!
Interesting read, Kate, especially the research where it says they are not a
danger to waterfowl.
I get so excited when some wildlife decides to come around and find these reads so interesting since the species are often ones we are not familiar with
Canadian geese really proliferate and are quite a nuisance with their increasing numbers, so if the odd one gets snapped up I'll put it down to Nature doing its thing. The wildlife officers go round addling the eggs to try and keep the numbers down on the geese.
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My old vet, loved all "animals", and I only know of two who basically he felt didn't deserve to live - snapping turtles, and starlings. I think he hated them because they live by killing off other animals babies.
What an odd thing to say - everything eats babies if possible.