Look what we found yesterday.......

Large Snapping Turtle - Picture of a HUGE snapping turtle that we found at our neighbors.
United States
June 7, 2007 9:44am CST
Yesterday I was sitting on my front porch and I glanced across the street at my neighbors house. I saw something moving in their grass and wasn't sure what it was. We walked closer and saw that it was a HUGE snapping turtle!!I attached a picture of the turtle. I've never seen such a large turtle!! We weren't sure what to do with him, so we put him in a large tin bucket and added a little water. It was heavy and snapped at my snap, luckily it didn't get him. Then we called Animal Control, they suggested taking it to a pond. Our neighbors did that but I was able to snap a couple pictures of it first. That was about the most excitement my neighborhood has seen in awhile! LOL.
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25 responses
• United States
9 Jun 07
oh my goodness!! man is he cute though!! but how weird to just find him like that! that is exciting!! hope he is happy in the pond now!! i wouldn't have known what to do either!
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
8 Jun 07
Better you then me. I dont like snapping turtles at all. But Im glad you rescued it and Im hoping you found a pond for its new home.LOL Years ago we use to see bigger turtles around here.But I wont get near them. LOL
@erwin009 (66)
• China
8 Jun 07
I like turtle, my mother had ever bought me two samll green turtles when I was a teenager.But I found that they seemed not like to be kept in a small fish bowl.They are belong to nature.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
8 Jun 07
neato! we found a baby snapping turtle a couple weeks ago - about the size of a 50cent piece. If you ever feel the gumption to eat one they taste just like beef. My son loves that because it is not so fatty as beef and he can not tolerate fats, plus he really dislikes fish and eggs (can't eat cheeses) and since we abstain from flesh meats on Friday turtle is a good option for him.
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• United States
8 Jun 07
I've never eaten turtle before. Never really thought about it. Is it difficult to cook?
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
8 Jun 07
If you plan to eat the snapper, clean it soon after capture. They are easy to prepare. Fist, cut off the head and hang the carcass by the tail to bleed it properly. Next, remove the bony plate on the underneath side by cutting the cartilage that connects it to the top shell. This exposes the edible parts-the four legs, neck, and tail. Peel the skin from these parts and cut them off from the shell and viscera. Wash the meat thoroughly in fresh, cool water and treat it as you would any other meat. It is excellent fried, stewed or made up into a soup or chowder. Missouri Department of Conservation http://www.conservation.mo.gov/landown/wild/nuisance/turtle/
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
12 Jun 07
WOW, he/she looks HUGE?!! I used to find snapping turtles ofen when I was a child. I didn't listen to my father and let one get hold of my finger....OMG, it hurts and they won't let go until they are good and ready! Great photography by the way!
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• United States
12 Jun 07
Ouch I bet that hurt!!
@mummymo (23707)
9 Jun 07
Hey daycarepal what a fantastic thing to happen! I haven't seen a snapping turtle before - I suppose it is too cold here in Scotland for them most of the year! Aren't they quite dangerous! You should be proud of yourselves for making sure that the turtle and those around it were safe! xxx
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• United States
10 Jun 07
Yes I guess snapping turtles are dangerous because they can do some damage to you if they snap you. This was the first time I've seen a snapping turtle, so I wasn't aware that they actually snap at people until someone told me.
• United States
8 Jun 07
I know! When we used to live in the country we would see them crossing the road to go from one pond to the next. They do get quite large and they are not very pretty looking! The day before yesterday I was driving on the highway and there was one in the middle of the lane that I was driving in. I straddled it with the car and when I looked back it was snapping its mouth at the air that I created or something. I would hate to have one bite me that is for sure, I stay completely away from them if I can. I used to see box turtles in my flower garden at my old house all the time. Those I can deal with, they have pretty colors and they look really cool, too. Snapping turtles- no thank you! But, your picture is very neat! Thanks for sharing!
• United States
8 Jun 07
The turtle did snap at my son, luckily it didn't get him though. I bet it would have caused alot of damage.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
8 Jun 07
Wow, that sounds really cool daycarepal. How are you doing? Unfortunately, I live in a city and we don't get to see things like this. My friend in Florida found a very large turtle in her yard once and it just moved on through the neighborhood. Lot's of people saw it and they thought it was cool. She even saw a very large black snake near her home, she was very careful being outdoors after that. She live in a rural area and it is really nice. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed the post. Take care...
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• United States
8 Jun 07
Hi, yep we were surprised to see a turtle that large. We don't live out in the country. We live in a area with lots of homes. There are several golf courses in our area and some have ponds, so we think maybe it came from there. But still that's a long walk for a turtle! LOL
@gittabest (1949)
• Iceland
7 Jun 07
Wow, that's so cool, finding a turtle! Cool picture :D
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• United States
12 Jun 07
Not only cool but he seems large and to see him up close is awlsome, god bless
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@sunshine4 (8708)
• United States
7 Jun 07
Isn't it cool to find turtles? We live on a country road and many time threwout the summer we will see huge turtles on the road. We always take them to our neighbors pond also. My nephew found a tiny one a few years back. It was about the size of a 50cent piece. He decided to keep it and now it is as big as the one you found. They keep it in a huge aquarium.
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• United States
7 Jun 07
Animal Control told us that the ponds in our area are high right now, so people are seeing lots of turtles around. We've seen regular size ones from time to time, but never one this large.
@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
30 Jun 07
That is so totally cool! I have never seen a wild turtle. I had a pet turtle named Boxy when I was little and have been thinking about dismantling my fish tank and getting another turtle. I used to see those tiny frogs outside. They were too fast to catch though.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
30 Jun 07
When we lived in Arizona, about 15 years ago, we came home and I spotted something under our water spigot and when I got closer I realized it was a turtle...I was wondering how in the world he got there, because we had 6 foot blocked walls around the whole neighborhood...anyway we put him in the tub and gave him lettuce..we ended up letting him go.....great story for your neighborhood...Thanx for the pictures...
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@castleghost (1304)
• United States
27 Jun 07
The only time I have seen turtles that big before was at a zoo. Or on television of course. Anyway, it must have been interesting to find a snapping turtle in your neighbors yard. I am glad that you were able to catch the turtle and get it back to its own type of habitat. Last year we kept finding frogs in our backyard. We don't happen to live close to any type of water so we thought that it was a little strange. The children and I would catch the frogs so that we could take them to a pond to release back in to nature.
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• United States
27 Jun 07
oh wow! i haven't seen a turtle local since..well,it's been a long time. we have them down by the pond,but it seems like there isn't as many as there used to be. still a lot of frogs,though.
• United States
27 Jun 07
when i was 15 or 16 my mom and i were walking on sidewalk and seen one it was huge a guy comes out of a house and picks it up by the tail and it snapping freaked me out
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@aretha (2538)
• United States
27 Jun 07
some of these get very big. i love turtles but am scared of these. my step father used to catch them and make stew with the meat. i wouldn't eat it. one day out on the boat he got oone and wanted to put it in the boat i was so scared but i wouldn't let him. then a few years ago my sister in law caught 3 baby snappers and said they were mud turtles. she didn't want them all so i took one and found out not long after it was a snapper.
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@AmbiePam (50434)
• United States
12 Jun 07
What a fun discovery! I don't consider turtles a very attractive animal, but in this case, the turtle is very pretty. A nice deep green color. At least you have your memories. LOL
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@ma_belle (1357)
• United States
12 Jun 07
Wow, what an incredible find! Its great that he was able to go back to a pond. Great pics!
• United States
11 Jun 07
Aww!! That's so neat!! I would have wanted to keep him for a pet! The picture is great too. I think he/she is cute :)
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
10 Jun 07
We used to live close to a swamp. Snapping turtles were always close by. We caught many and put them back in the swamp so they would not get ran over by vehicles. When I was a child we used to have the dry land turtles. We would catch them when they were about the size of a 50cent piece and care for them till they disappeared. We would paint our name or initial on the shell. Often we would see them again. I know now, how they disappeared. LOL My mom would turn them loose. LOL
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