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(CNN)   Virginia, looking jealously at Kentucky, gets its own geriatric turtle   (edition.cnn.com) divider line
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2020-06-19 6:40:47 AM  
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If you watched The Zoo on Animal Planet you would have seen last week their alligator snapping turtle whose name is Bowser. The director of the Zoo picked him up like it was nothing by his shell, with one hand behind his head and the other above his tail.
 
2020-06-19 6:28:14 AM  
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nah, a 65 pounder is a mere tween in alligator snapper terms. these awesome critters are known to live over 100 years and weigh over 200 pounds.

and this is clearly morla the ancient one's kid brother:

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CSB- i found my first mature gopher tortoise last week, in a beachside parking lot. nearly stepped on him as he crawled out from under my car while i was loading stuff into the back seat.. got him off the lot and into the brush right away.

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2020-06-19 6:07:26 AM  
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iheartscotch: I helped escort a big snapper across the road the other day. She was hanging out in the middle of the road. I got my square nose shovel and went to see if I could help.

I tried to get behind her to scoop her up with the shovel; but, she wasn't having any of that. Eventually, I used my shovel to scoot her out of the road.

/ she bit my shovel a couple of times, but it was a very successful turtle rescue


Glad you're okay. Those geriatric snapping turtles can be nästii.

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2020-06-19 4:57:41 AM  
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years ago I pulled off Rt.23 in Sussex Cty NJ USA to help a huge turtle that was walking onto the highway. Luckily a fellow stopped and joined me. I had no idea turtles were dangerous and he explained the damn thing could have easily bit my hand off. He gave it a stick, it bit, and we crossed the turtle to where it wanted to go. He thought I wanted it for soup and was going to help me put it in my car!
 
2020-06-19 10:29:09 AM  
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I don't understand why every resource shows the alligator snapper as being a deep south only species.

If you visit more than a few ponds in eastern Virginia and North Carolina you will find them.  I saw a forty or fifty pounder in a drainage ditch near my house about two weeks ago.

This is not some 21st century invasion.  When I was a kid before Nixon we infrequently caught smaller ones in the Great Dismal Swamp, and at New Bern in North Carolina.

/And no, it's not some confusion with the common snapper
//Alligator snappers are to common snappers like the General Lee was to my cousin's kryloned Charger.
///They are amazing, unmistakable turtles
 
2020-06-19 7:00:57 AM  
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LesterB: If you watched The Zoo on Animal Planet you would have seen last week their alligator snapping turtle whose name is Bowser. The director of the Zoo picked him up like it was nothing by his shell, with one hand behind his head and the other above his tail.


Alligator snapping turtles have a very immobile head and neck.

Common snapping turtles... not so much. Pick them up by the back of the shell.
 
2020-06-19 6:03:48 AM  
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We already have one .
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2020-06-19 8:25:38 AM  
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Is it waiting for the Nothing?
 
2020-06-19 6:30:51 AM  
1 vote:
Another repeat.
 
2020-06-19 5:56:15 AM  
1 vote:
I helped escort a big snapper across the road the other day. She was hanging out in the middle of the road. I got my square nose shovel and went to see if I could help.

I tried to get behind her to scoop her up with the shovel; but, she wasn't having any of that. Eventually, I used my shovel to scoot her out of the road.

/ she bit my shovel a couple of times, but it was a very successful turtle rescue
 
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