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I saved a snapping turtle this morning! 
26th-Jul-2011 09:12 am

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On my way to work this morning, I stopped traffic to help move this snapping turtle out of the road. It was very snappy and not at all happy to have human intervention on its morning stroll. It took two of us, my trenching shovel, and a small blanket to get the turtle out of the road without any humans being bitten. This was completely different from my usual box turtle experience, where the turtle simply pulls its head partway into its shell and just hangs on for the ride.

The shell color is just dried mud. Snapping turtles like to hide in the murk and mud at the edge of ponds and wait for prey. They will eat anything, and prefer meat. By "eat anything," I mean that - they are carrion eaters, they are omnivores, and basically they are the reptile equivalent of a dog or hyena. If they can catch it and it's not undigestable, it's food.
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26th-Jul-2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I think I might not have been so brave if I hadn't had my little metal shovel to use instead of my hands.
26th-Jul-2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
that's so cool! I hope you don't mind but I shared it with the kids and the Parents. Dad thought it was pretty neat too. Mom was a tad distracted.
26th-Jul-2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
Not a problem in the least. I'm glad that Dad thought it was cool.

Edited at 2011-07-27 08:24 pm (UTC)
27th-Jul-2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
The only safe way to pick up a snapping turtle with your hands is by its tail, and held at arm's length. Even then, not recommended!
27th-Jul-2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
Is this the voice of experience?
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