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Many, if not most, nests are ransacked by predators. Those eggs that survive will hatch in late summer, and the temperature at which they were incubated determines the sex of the hatchlings. Baby snapping turtles are about one inch long at hatching, with tails about the same length. Depending on the group, the babies will either emerge within a few days and head straight for water or remain in their nest through the winter. Once hatchlings reach water, they stay in the shallows clinging to underwater vegetation until they become stronger swimmers. ...
Snapping turtle eggs and babies are extremely vulnerable to predation. Skunks, foxes, raccoons, and mink frequently raid nests and eat eggs. Hatchlings are also eaten by a variety of predators, including herons, hawks, alligators, large fish, raccoons, snakes, and larger turtles.
When a snapping turtle is a baby, it is very cute and hard to resist. However, they tend to get really large (up to 18 inches long and 86 pounds heavy!) and can be destructive or unhappy if placed in the wrong environment. The fact that they often live from 20 to 50 years (and can live more than 100 years) if cared for right can be kind of scary to some people. Having a snapping turtle is quite a commitment, so think seriously before deciding if you want to keep one of these reptiles ...
Pack him a lunch and put him under a bush far away from roads! Dont be this guy:
I'm always for releasing critters back to their freedom IF they can be released without dooming them. I'd think a turtle would be fine once big enough to fend for itself...
Such a bloodcurdling shriek...we all froze...there was my younger sister shaking like a leaf...pointing into one of the gardens...Suddenly a patch of irises started moving...a slow up and down bob...out of the bed lurched the biggest snapping turtle we had ever seen...We never knew how long it lay buried there in the garden but it had a layer of soil and irises on it's shell...
Similar story and what she learned along the way.
I had a pet turtle as a child. I named it Michael (short for Michelangelo - the ninja turtle) lol.
Keep him. My son has a pet turtle and he and his girlfriend love theirs.
I believe that is not a common snapper but an alligator snapper(loggerhead) judging by the klingon like ridges.
originally posted by: blend57
Keep him or release him?