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Snapper baby

Discussion in 'Reptiles & Amphibians' started by Debbie, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. Debbie

    Debbie Good Dog

    So last weekend I was out clearing out my pool's skimmer basket and lookie what I found inside.....
    The water was freezing cold....and I lifted him out, thought the poor thing was dead.
    I put him in the palm of my hand and was inspecting him...and he stretched a little leg....
    Then I took him inside the house, and as he started warming up, he came to.:D
    Thankfully it was a sunny day, and I took him down to the pond and put him in a nice sunny spot on a log.


  2. CoolHandJean

    CoolHandJean Krypto Super Dog

    Cute. Good job on saving him.
  3. TigerDog

    TigerDog Good Dog

    Aww, its sooo cute...I would have thought about keeping him. Until it hit me that I know nothing about turtle care.:p
  4. JosiesMama

    JosiesMama Little Dog

    awww..I want one..
  5. adamwilkes14

    adamwilkes14 Big Dog

    I diudnt even know you had those that far north, isnt that an alligator snapping turtle?
  6. megschristina

    megschristina Moderator

    He sure is a cutie! Look how tiny he is!
  7. Debbie

    Debbie Good Dog

    Thanks CHJ, we get those and Painted turtles...I'm just totally out to lunch on when those babies hatch. They don't seem to have a concrete time of year. So it always surprises me when I find one so close to winter. :D

    I'd never think about keeping a Snapper, do you know how big those suckers get ?....:eek:

    Yes sir we do.....I live across the street from a protected wet land, home to a whole bunch of critters.
    We have Snappers and Painted turtles that come up to our property every Spring and lay their eggs....
    I've even camcorded a big Snapper Mama laying her eggs, amazing !!
    The eggs are about the size of golf balls.

    What's even better is seeing me standing out in the middle of the road making sure the mama has safe passage back to the pond.
    The Painted turtles I'll pick up and move to the other side.....but not the Snappers...:lol:
  8. cher_bear

    cher_bear Good Dog

    yay ..i love turtles.
  9. samuel64

    samuel64 Big Dog

    I think I found mommy snapper![​IMG]
  10. Galadriel

    Galadriel Good Dog

    It's a common snapper, Adam. The scutes are spiky when they hatch and wear down over time. Makes them less vulnerable to predators and is better camo under water.
    Thanks for saving the little booger and letting him go, Debbie :D
  11. Debbie

    Debbie Good Dog


    Here's a Mama laying eggs....




    ---------- Post added at 08:29 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:26 PM ----------

    Yes, they sure do wear down with time....
    Some of those bigger Snappers that come up look like something from the Prehistoric depths.....:lol:

    One Snapper that came up(years ago) was almost as big around as one of those plastic turtle sandboxes they make for kids.....
    It was scary looking....it hissed, growled, and was very aggressive...amazing how fast those things can move when they're pissed off....:eek:

    I love helping the wildlife when I can....:sonn_u11:
  12. Turner

    Turner Good Dog

    How adorable... lol! Good job in your daring rescue!
  13. samuel64

    samuel64 Big Dog

    Bubba facing a big mama![​IMG]
  14. Galadriel

    Galadriel Good Dog

    LOL! Yeah, they're vile creatures. Snappers are born cranky, I think.
  15. megschristina

    megschristina Moderator

    My dads old gun dog is always finding one and pissing it off. I am just sure she will end up without a nose eventually.
  16. Laced Wit Game

    Laced Wit Game Good Dog

    u tryin to sell it debbie? we aint got em out here but i hella want one, ill cash you out for him!!
  17. ganja

    ganja Good Dog

    do you know how hard those can bite laced? lol
    he'd bite your finger off in a few years :D
  18. Laced Wit Game

    Laced Wit Game Good Dog

    yea i wanna keep him in a tank and later on if i catch anybody stealin guess where there hands are goin!?!?!?
  19. Thomas

    Thomas Little Dog

    Hmmm...that's strange...down here they usually hatch in June...my 'friend' has one ;) He is much bigger than that little fella...
  20. ganja

    ganja Good Dog

    lmao! :lol:
    with that sucker ain't no one going to come in stealin' your stuff!

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