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SNAPPING TURTLEs are NASTY BEASTS.

August 2nd, 2018 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in SNAPPING Turtles - NASTY Beasts

SNAPPING TURTLEs are NASTY BEASTS.
Try to REMOVE THEM.

Snapping Turlle Swan

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Common Snapping Turtles
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_snapping_turtle
I have used Information from this Wikipedia Article in this Topic Page.  If you want more info.. Read this and other Articles.

Nature has its Cruel Side..
One Animal-Bird-Fish needs to Eat another Animal-Bird-Fish to Survive.
Snapping Turlle Swan Bringing Captive Pets to our Homes, Properties and Pond..
we try to prevent losing our Chosen Pets to Predators.

We DO have Some Control over SNAPPING Turtles..Snapping Turlle Swan
Fences are NOT going to keep them from your Ponds and Lakes.

The RANGE for Common Snapping Turtles..is:SNAPPING TURTLE General US Range

In Pennsylvania, Common Snapping Turtles are the ONLY Turtles that Folks with Domestic Waterfowl need to be Concerned with..

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Snappers are a Major Predators of Young and Adult Waterfowl..Snapping Turlle Swan

All other PA Turtles are Harmless and Beneficial to your Water Environments.PA Painted Turtle
We frequently see the Painted Turtles basking and swimming shyly about.  They will often surface for Chopped Lettuce.. and Floating Pellets.PA Painted Turtle

****** If you Live in Some Southern States.. OH MY GOSH !
Alligator Snapping Turtle
http://www.untamedscience.com/ Alligator Snapping Turtles.

Thank Goodness we do NOT have these in Pennsylvania..
TURTLE Alligator Snapping Range
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I am NOT a Fan of ANY Snapping Turtles..Snapping Turlle Swan
I have NO Good Words for Snapping Turtles..Snapping Turtle Swan
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We have MANY Pitiful Memories of Snapping Turtles. Snapping Turtle Swan

Both Times there was People READY to Help her.
The Snappers that Bit her were REMOVED ASAP.

This Topic Page will not be a Pretty Picture Tour..
Snapping Turlle Swan They can BITE People and Pets, like Dogs that want to Walk
and Play in a Pond, Creek, Stream, Lake or River. OUCH !Snapping Turlle Swan      She Died before she could be Rescued.

SNAPPING TURTLEs.. BEST to Remove all you Find..
I am NOT making any Suggestion on what you do with them.
That is between You and the Snapping Turtles.Snapping Turlle Swan Snapping Turlle Swan For Folks who ENJOY Waterfowl and their Young,
Snapping Turtles are a constant source of Nasty Injuries and
Death to smaller Ducklings, Goslings and Cygnets.Snapping Turlle Swan Snapping Turtle SwanSnapping Turtles will BITE Feet and Faces of Waterfowl.
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These Turtles quickly learn where you are feeding your Waterfowl..Snapping Turlle Swan
They will lurk close-by.. waiting for Leftover-Spillage.Snapping Turlle Swan
Do not Feed where Plants will create a hiding Spot.Snapping Turtle Swan

Snapping Turtles like to walk along the bottom of a Pond
Scavenging for Food. They may Bask out of Water.Snapping Turlle Swan
More frequently we see them in the Water floating on the surface
with just their Snout and top of their Carapace Exposed.Snapping Turlle Swan Snapping Turtle GooseThe HARM they do to our Wild and Domestic Waterfowl is DREADFUL..Snapping Turtle Swan
This Young Cygnet did Survive with Months of Daily Care.

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This Young Feral Swan was not so Lucky. Snapping Turlle Swan
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I have Images and Images of Swans Bitten by Snapping Turtles..
Once Bitten it is a Difficult Process to help your Pet Waterfowl.
Snapping Turlle Swan Her Leg and Foot were Infected and FULL of Maggots.  A Mess.
Snapping Turtle SwanThese Young Swans could not be Saved..  Euthanized.Snapping Turtle SwanThis Little One would not be able to Eat or See…   Tragic End.

Too many are Mortally Injured beyond Realistic Hope for Recovery.Snapping Turtle SwanSnapping Turtle Swan
We have had too many Sad Experiences. Snapping Turtle SwanToo many Permanently Disabled Birds.
DUCK Mallard Beak Snapping Turtle
I Love WildLife..
but, the Pond Swans, Ducks and Geese take Priority.Snapping Turtle WaterfowlSnapping Turtle Swan

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This Breeding Swan Pair started with four Cygnets..Snapping Turtle Swan
This was the Last One.. So Sad. We offered to take it to a Safe Place..Snapping Turtle Swan
The Owner did not care.. Said, “This happens every year.. ”
He Sells any Cygnets that Survive until Fall.Snapping Turtle Swan
I left this Roadside Pond with a very Heavy Heart.Snapping Turtle Swan
This Pond is along the Road.
People bring Snapping Turtles here and ADD them to this Small Pond.

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SNAPPING TURTLEs.. BEST to Remove all you Find..Snapping Turlle Swan

This Dam Started with Six Cygnets.

Snapping Turtles Swan If you lose a Waterfowl Pet or one of their Young..
Be Suspicious. ???Snapping Turtle Swan
???? Snappers or Hawks or Owls or Blue Herons, etc.Great Blue Heron

You can do Something about the Snappers..
the others mentioned are more Difficult to Protect from.

Check and WATCH for Snappers along your Pond Edges.
Snapping Turlle Swanor Floating Quietly in the Water.Snapping Turlle SwanIf your Waterfowl, Swans are reluctant to enter the Water…Snapping Turtle Ducks
Check around… they may be trying to warn you..

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Snapping Turtles are an unwelcome Problem in many Areas.

### A Family Memory Story.. ###
When my Mother was a Girl.. (1920s)
She would Catch the Snappers from their local Creek.
Sell them to Folks who would make Turtle Soup.Snapping Turlle Swan
The Bigger the Snapper the more she was Paid.

Times have Changed.. Fewer are Harvested for a Soup Ingredient.

There has been an EXPLOSION of Snapping Turtles ALL Over..

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In their Environment, Snapping Turtles are at the top of the Food Chain.Snapping Turtle Swan
Common Snapping Turtles have few Predators when older due to their formidable Size and Defenses.Snapping Turtle Swan*****************************************************

Common Snapper Habitats are Shallow Ponds, Creeks or Streams.  They are often seen Basking along the Banks, sometimes on Fallen Logs.Snapping Turtles SwanSnapping Turtle Swan
They lay in Shallow Muddy Water with only their Nose or Head Exposed.Snapping Turtle Swan
Their Nostrils are positioned on the very Tip of their Snout.Snapping Turtle SwanSnapping Turtle Swan

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Common Snapping Turtle Food Habits:
They are Active, Opportunistic, Omnivorous, eating almost anything:Snapping Turlle Swan
Insects, Spiders, Crayfish, Clams, Snails, Earthworms,
Leeches, Frogs and Toads, Salamanders, small Turtles, Snakes,
Fish.Snapping Turlle SwanSnapping Turtle Swan

They consume lots of Aquatic Vegetation.
Basically, anything they can get in their Mouths.
Anything Alive or Dead.
They are efficient Aquatic Scavengers.Snapping Turtle Swan

They are Ambush Hunters of Aquatic or Semiaquatic Birds and small Mammals.Snapping Turtle Swan
Snapping Turtles are considered a Nuisance since they consumes many Game Fish, Ducklings and Goose Goslings.Snapping Turtles Geese*****************************************************
Snapping Turtles Mate from April through November.
These Turtles come out on Land to Court, making them more visible in the Spring.

Snapping Turtles travel extensively over Land to reach new Habitats or to lay their Eggs.Snapping Turlle Swan
You may not have any Snapping Turtles in Early Spring..
but, this Roving Behavior may introduce a New Snapper to your Pond.  Snapping Turlle SwanWatch for them floating in your Pond.

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Fences do not Stop them..  The Cygnets above were ALL Eaten by a BIG OLD Snapping Turtle on a Friday Morning while the Family was away at Market.
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Peak Turtle Egg Laying is May, June into July..
Female Snapping Turtles leave the Water and Travel to findSnapping Turlle Swan
Soft Mulch or Sandy Soil to lay their average of 30 to 50 Eggs.Snapping Turlle Swan
Golf Course Sand Traps are a Great Place for Incubation.Snapping Turlle Swan
Incubation time is Temperature-Dependent, ranging from 9 to 18 weeks. Snapping Turtle SwanThe unprotected Nest is Vulnerable to Predation.Snapping Turtle Swan

The Baby Turtles Hatch in late Summer and instinctively know to head for Water.  The Temperature makes a difference as to how many of each Gender are Hatched.Tiny Snapping Turtle

Turtle Hatchlings are the size of a 50-Cent Piece.Snapping Turtle Hatchling
Many fall prey to Raccoons and Opossums.Snapping Turlle SwanSnapping Turlle SwanSnapping Turlle Swan
Those that survive are generally long-lived — 30 to 50 to 100 years.Old Snapping Turtle “HE” is Likely Older them Most People Alive Today.

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Turtles have a Complicated Metabolic Process that allows them to Hibernate through the Cold Winter Periods.Snapping Turtile Winter
They Dig and Snuggle down into the Lower Muddy Areas and wait for Spring.Snapping Turtle Swan

For a Few Colder Months the Snappers are NOT a Problem.

They will be BACK.. when your Tiny Innocent Cygnets want to Play and Explore.

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Snapping Turtle DuckThis Mother Duck Started with Seven Ducklings.  Mallard Duck DucklingsFive Ducklings Lost in 12 Days.  So Sad.
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AND, if you have a Pond that is visible from the Road.
You are likely to have People bring Snapping Turtles they find Crossing the Road to your Pond.Snapping Turtle SwanTheir “Good Deed” becomes your Nasty Headache..
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This Female’s Beak was Bitten by a HUGE Snapper Dropped into her Pond.  The Pond Owner saw the Truck STOP, open the Tail-Gate and Slide the BIG Snapper into their Pond…
And, just Drive Away.     THANKS BUDDY !!!

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***** FOR PRIVATE Land-Pond Owners..

June 18, 2018 I Spoke with a Person at the Harrisburg
Fish & Boat Commission Office. (717) 787-4250

I explained the Dilemma of several Pond Owners with Domestic Waterfowl..having their Pet Waterfowl Injured or Killed…
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And they read Snapping Turtles can not be Removed until July 1st.
This Regulation is for People who Trap for Commercial Sale of Turtle Meat.

IT is OK for the Person who Owns the Pond to REMOVE Snapping Turtles ANYTIME they are a Problem for You, Your Family, Your Pets, Your Waterfowl.Snapping Turtle Swan

NO Permit Needed.. NO Time to Wait.. Anytime..
*** JUST do not Sell the Turtles.Snapping Turtle Swan

IF you NEED to remove Snapping Turtles for the Safety
of your Waterfowl, make sure you have Identified them Properly.PA Painted TurtlePA Painted TurtlePA Painted Turtle

Species Description:
The Common Snapping Turtle has a large Head with a strong Beak. The edges of their Jaws have sharp edges to RIP apart Food.Snapping Turtle Swan

Males are larger than Females. Snappers grow throughout their Life Time.
Snappers weighing in excess of 22 Pounds are likely to be Male and OLD.
Snappers that do the most Harm will Range from 10–35 Pounds.Snapping Turtle Swan

Do a SEARCH for a Website to help you Identify Turtles.
Most States’ Fish and Boat Commission Websites have a Page.
Search Example: Pennsylvania Turtle Identification.

Snapping Turtle HatchlingBaby Turtles To help Identify.
http://www.fishpondinfo.com/turtles/babyphoto.htmPA Painted TurtlePA Painted Turtle

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If you are Not Sure you have a Snapper in Your Pond..
You can Check with a Simple Method..Snapping Turlle Swan
Tie a Raw Chicken Leg (or Chunk of Raw Meat) to a Strong Cord.
Tie the Cord to a Stake or Post along the Edge of the Water.
Put the Meat into Shallow Water….  Wait… Check…
If you have a Snapper.. the Meat will be Consumed.

Sigh.. No One wants this Result..

The Best thing to do to Protect your Pet Waterfowl..
Is Remove Snapping Turtles.

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There are WildLife Control – Removal Services that will come Set Traps and Remove Snapping Turtles..

Snapping Turtles are the one Wildlife Species in Pennsylvania
that you can Legally Harvest and Sell Commercially for their Meat.
Commercial Trapping to Sell Snappers for their Meat has a Restricted Season.
WildLife Control Services must follow State Regulations.
In PA a Permit is Required.. Legal Season begins July 1st.

IN PA – Any Company or WildLife Removal Service that Traps
Snapping Turtles for Commercial Sale must wait for the Date Set
by the PA Fish and Boat Commission. In 2018 the Date is July 1st.
This allows the Female Turtles time to Lay their Eggs..
Which generally happens during May-June.

An Annual Permit is Required through the Pennsylvania
Fish and Boat Commission.
The completed application shall be forwarded to:
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Bureau of Law Enforcement,
PO Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000.

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There are various Meat and HOOK Methods of Snagging the Snappers.
If you use One of these Methods..
The HOOK needs to be DOWN at least Five-Six (5 to 6) Feet from the Surface..Snapping Turtle Swan
Swans can REACH Down to Graze on Under Water Plants.Snapping Turtle Swan
You do not want to SNAG your Swans..
or have them get Tangle with Bare Lines or Cords.

I have NEVER done this Myself
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These are Notes from a Swan Friend.. who has done this many times.

HOOKING THOSE NASTY SNAPPING TURTLES
Supplies and Instructions by J.Ford

One EMPTY Gallon Plastic Milk Jug Sealed with Cap.
* 4-5 foot Steel Leader (Add Weight so this Sinks.)
or Narrow Pipe or Metal Conduit.. Something with Weight.
# 6 or 7 Steel Bluefish Hooks
40 to 50 feet of Nylon Rope.
Chicken Necks, Legs or Wing Parts for Bait.

* Secure the Nylon Rope to the Weighted Steel Leader.
OR
Thread the Nylon Rope through the Pipe/Conduit..
Attach Hook very Securely…
Secure the Rope to the Empty Milk Jug.

Have a Second Line attached to the Jug.. Attached to the Shore.

Bait the Hook and then throw the Milk Jug with the Leader or Pipe
as far into the Pond as you can and wait for the Snapping Turtles
to Hook themselves. The Bobber (Milk Jug) will move.

Pull the Milk Jug in when the Turtle is HOOKED.

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Use a Shovel to push Turtle into LARGE Trash Can.Snapping Turtle Swan

Use Wire Cutters to Cut the Steel Leader..
DO NOT Try to REMOVE the Hook from the Turtle.

Take Turtle to Stream or River FAR FAR away and release.
The Turtle’s Digestive Juices will dissolve the Hook.

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Repeat Until you have Snapping Turtles OUT of your Pond.
If there is ONE there are very likely MORE….

One Pond we Visited thought they did not have Snapping Turtles.
In ONE Week they Caught 25 Assorted Size Snappers.

Be Vigilant for New Snappers and/Or “Chicken Leg” Check several times a year.
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There are Snapping Turtle Traps.. Commercially Available.Snapping Turtle Trap

Depending on the Problem in your Area..
These might be worth the Investment.Snapping Turtle Trap
AND there is NO HOOK to Worry About.

Search Various WebSite to Compare Traps and Prices.
Snapping Turtle Traps

Catching Snapping Turtles by any Method is time consuming.

Seeing your Sweet Faced Waterfowl Chewed into Pieces is Heartbreaking.Snapping Turtle SwanSnapping Turtle Swan
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How you Plan to Dispose of Snapping Turtles is for you to Decide.
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Before you can eat Snapping Turtle Meat:
You need to take them home ALIVE.
Put the Angry Beast in a large Escape Proof Tub of Water – ALIVE.
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Change the Water several times during the next 5-7 days.
This Cleans the Turtle before you Kill and Butchered it.
(Nope Not Me ! )
This is more than many People are willing to do.

This is the Basic Idea.. Search and Read for Better Instructions.
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Snapping Turtle Meat can be Consumed in small amounts.
Snapping Turtles do retain PCBs in their Fat and Internal Organs.

If you choose to Eat Snapping Turtle Meat, you can reduce your exposure by carefully trimming away all Fat and Internal Organs and discarding these Tissues before Cooking the Meat or making Soup.
***See the Annual Fish Consumption Advisory
for more Snapping Turtle Consumption Information.
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A Brief Account I found several time while Reading.. (SIGH)

Assault with a Turtle???? This is a Collection of Notes..

http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-18105.html

“The police use them (snapping turtles) to find drowning victims.
They tie ’em on a line, and the turtle will lead ’em to the decomposing body every time.
Only problem is, the embalmer has to figure out how to hide
the chunks the turtle bites out of the corpse.”

“GROSS” ! !
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Collected and Organized by Linda M. Sweger             August 2018
This is a Sad Work in Progress..

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The Following Photos Tell their Own Stories.
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This Sweet Gentle Swan had the Damaged Beak for the Duration of her Life.  Grassy Plants would get Caught in the Cut.

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    She is a Very Lucky Swan.

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