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post #1 of 26
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My husband rescued a huge snapping turtle from the road. The photo is of the turtle in the bed of the truck. My husband relocated him off the road near a small lake so he wouldn't be killed by a car or truck. He was huge! The picture doesn't really show his true size. It almost looked like the turtle turned to thank him as he slipped into the water.
post #2 of 26
Years ago my Dad did the same thing. I swear that snapper was a good 2 foot across the carapace.
post #3 of 26
Be careful of those boys - the big ones can snap off your fingers and they are quick.
post #4 of 26
I always move turtles out of the road too but once when I lived in North Carolina I cames upon a turtle in the road and it was a snapper....and mean! He wasn't as big as that one but very quick and kept lunging at me trying to bite. I finally gave up and moved on (I don't know if this true but a girl down there told me that if a snapping turtle bites you he won't let go until it thunders!). I figured I'll stick to box turtles from now on....
post #5 of 26
You don't get your hands/fingers around in front of their mouth! I had box turtles too - would take them any day.
post #6 of 26
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My husband is pretty good at handling snappers. However, This guy was really trying to zone in on his leg. It made me really nervous. That would have been one nasty bite that he never would have forgotten. My husband used to be in a herpatogly(sp) club at the Denver museum of natural history where they used to catch rattlesnakes and milk them for their venom. This was many many many years ago. He has more guts than I do...yikes!

He likes the little box turtles too. We just built a habitat in our back yard for our box turtles. They are cute!
post #7 of 26
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My husband is pretty good at handling snappers. However, This guy was really trying to zone in on his leg. It made me really nervous. That would have been one nasty bite that he never would have forgotten. My husband used to be in a herpatogly(sp) club at the Denver museum of natural history where they used to catch rattlesnakes and milk them for their venom. This was many many many years ago. He has more guts than I do...yikes!

He likes the little box turtles too. We just built a habitat in our back yard for our box turtles. They are cute!
Many times I can remember watching my Dad on the riding mower as he would stop, pick a box turtle up, and move it to a mowed area. He loved animals. Well, except for snakes.
post #8 of 26
Bless you, your husband and his guts which are as huge as the mountains! I'll bet the turtle was very thankful to be back in the water instead of in a street where his life could be endangered at any moment. That said... when the turtle turned, he was probably looking at your husband's leg wistfully (just kiddin!!)
post #9 of 26
cute turtle.
post #10 of 26
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We just built a habitat in our back yard for our box turtles.
Any pictures?

Chances are, since the snapper was fairly large, it was probably a female. They wander between water sources looking for nesting sites quite often.
post #11 of 26
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Any pictures?

Chances are, since the snapper was fairly large, it was probably a female. They wander between water sources looking for nesting sites quite often.
I'm at the mercy of an old fashioned camera until Xmas. I will take pics and post them it just might be awhile! We built a wood enclosure and sunk the wood down about 4 inches in the dirt all around the enclosure. It's about 5ft wide X 8ft long. Our turtles are still pretty little and have not tried to escape. I want to put a fountain out there for them. Right now they have a water bowl that we buried to ground level so they can have easy access and won't drown. We have been feeding them mixed lettuces, squash, sweet potatoes, sweet corn on the cob(they love that), green peppers, crickets, worms, grasshoppers, and fruit. They all have a good appetite. If I'm missing something in their diet feel free to let me know! We put a flat rock(flagstone) out there for their food dish. They have dug a tunnel underneath the rock for shelter. This is still work in progress so if you have any ideas let me know!!!

That was a big snapping turtle!!! We didn't want to see her killed in the road. There is alot of grain trucks that travel the road she/he was on.
post #12 of 26
Good luck with the 4", 14" would have been better but they may not try digging out. It hasn't even occurred to my little ones to try. Ditch the lettuces - various greens, such as turnip and mustard, are healthier. Sounds good otherwise. I feed my little ones off of unglazed terra cotta saucers and toss in pieces of cuttle bone for them to munch on. You can use spare pieces of wood for hides and large pieces of bark work well too. Have fun decorating, just about anything safe can be used.
I'll be looking forward to seeing some pictures eventually
post #13 of 26
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Is cuttle bone the same thing that you hang in bird cages? What kind of vitamins could we buy to sprinkle on their food? I live in a rural area so I don't have access to large pet stores. I did read on a turtle site that alphalfa pellets are good for them too. I'm still learning about these "cute little tank creatures"
post #14 of 26
No alfalfa pellets, those are usually made for other animals and wouldn't be formulated right for turtles - though they can have some fresh alfalfa.
I use Rep-Cal calcium powders and multivitamin - most pet stores should carry the brand but you can order it online, too.
And yep, same plain cuttle bone you use for birds. Just remove the hard backing, carefully, with a knife.

If you choose to do so, the wardly and reptomin brand aquatic pellets can be offered (softened of course), but only once or twice a week and don't get too reliant on that as a food source. And for adults or a few years old boxies - you can skip days on feeding them.
post #15 of 26
Have you ever considered keeping a pet snapping turtle as well? Not starting off with a giant of course....but they're great fun to raise if you keep your fingers away. Mine is kind of like a puppy with a really nasty attitude :P
post #16 of 26
Awww, what a good guy your hubby is. I had somebody tell me to pick a snapper up by the tail. (it doesn't hurt them) If you hold them by the shell they can still get at you because they have long necks.
post #17 of 26
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I had somebody tell me to pick a snapper up by the tail. (it doesn't hurt them) If you hold them by the shell they can still get at you because they have long necks.
Turtles really do not like their tails messed with - like most animals, and reptiles can feel pain. I wouldn't suggest picking up any animal by a tail or limb, especially one as heavy as a snapping turtle that size would be.


And I've thought about keeping a snapper before - though not one of the common variety, maybe a spiny soft shell. But not until I have enough room both indoors and out for any sort of aquatic.
post #18 of 26
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And I've thought about keeping a snapper before - though not one of the common variety, maybe a spiny soft shell. But not until I have enough room both indoors and out for any sort of aquatic.
I don't think I would want a snapping turtle as a pet. I will just stick to the box turtles

I have another question on food for the box turtles. Can they have baby spinach leaves too? I thought I read somewhere that spinach isn't very good for them.
post #19 of 26
Spinach isn't good for them.

Leslie
post #20 of 26
A better explanation is because spinach is high in oxalates and goitrogens. Oxalic acid binds calcium and goitrogens can affect thyroid function.

Look up the two long turtle threads in this section, mainly the one I started, as it has a lot of useful links and care tips. There are some nutrition links that are very useful in helping choose safe foods and how frequently you can offer them.
post #21 of 26
wow your so lucky, ur husband sounds like a total sweetheart! If only all men were like that!
post #22 of 26
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wow your so lucky, ur husband sounds like a total sweetheart! If only all men were like that!

Awww Thank you! He is a really special guy!
post #23 of 26
Y'all come to Georgia. They get HUGE here. Unfortuantly, some of our local rednecks (don't believe all the stereotypes, there aren't that many of them) shoot them so they won't bite people. It's wrong and it's illegal of them but what really gets me about it is I've never in my life heard of someone being attacked by a snapping turtle. I really like them. They look like modern dinosaurs. Luckily, I've sorted a few rednecks out on the issue. I can be hard to say no to on such matters.
post #24 of 26
Jack Hanna had one on Good Morning America this morning. It was huge and estimated to be about 108 years old.
post #25 of 26
I love turtles! No willd ones roaming around here though!!

I have one three toed boxie (She pretty much free ranges in an enclosed part of my yard). She lots of fresh leafy greens, fruit on occasion, high quality low protein lite senior dog food soaked in water (I also use that dog food for my rats homemade mix) and whatever bugs she digs for (Lots of earthworms in my yard). She is living a good life!! And she hibernates every winter. (You really have to make sure they cannot dig out of their enclosures! They can escape, AND climb!!)

And I have an RES. He always had anacharis available (They NEED vegatation too. People seem to think they can live off of fish their entire lives!!) and he gets Monster diet aquatic turtle diet, frozen bloodworms, and a frozen turtle diet. I do have a big 2,000 gallon pond, but I have golds in there..so he can't be in there. I am currently working on a large above ground pond for him so he can be outside, and then during the winter he will have to suffer in a smaller tank inside.
post #26 of 26
^I've seen her shell. Cut the dog food out of her diet, she's a turtle not a dog and the vitamins in the food are made to meet a dog's nutritional needs.

It's generally accepted that older care sheets and books that suggest cat and dog food as being ok for the main diet are wrong. If anything it can only be offered as an occasional treat. Tess's site is fairly good http://www.boxturtlesite.info/ she also has recently published book and hosts the kingsnake.com box turtle forum.
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