that species common name is "snapping turtle" for a reason. they hide in mud in shallow water with only their nostrils above surface and when a fish
swims by [and if you are walking through a pond and step on one], BOOM BOTCH!
That is the only safe way I know to get one off the road. Get a nice long, thick stick and let them snap down on it. Once he's snapped on, you can
pull him/her off the road---unless he breaks the stick! Those jaws are very powerful!
I found a baby alligator snapper after a flood. He was about the size of a silver dollar.
A few years later he weighed about 20 lbs and was eating chicken drumsticks.
I set it free in a state park before someone got hurt.
I try to avoid things that can take a finger, inject venom or weigh more than I do. I live in WA, the scariest things here, not unlike Africa, are
the Hippos (though ours are corralled inside various WalMart stores). Oh and snakes. Freaking hate rattle snakes. They don't hang out in my spot
though, because they know what will happen. I don't know anything about turtles, so that one might have had me by the balls if I were trying to move
it off the road. But again, I'm in WA and know what can screw me up here. Can you tell I'm up late and have been in the wine again?
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