Not exactly a PET, but...

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by FloridaChickenChick, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. FloridaChickenChick

    FloridaChickenChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a big ole turtle swimming around in my pool!

    I tried to scoop him out because it's superchlorinated waiting for Hanna and/or Ike rains...I don't think it's too good for him...but he's having NONE of that!

    He has a long pointy nose...his shell is oval and smooth. I don't think he's a snapping turtle (at least, not an alligator turtle) but I don't want to get too close without knowing for sure. So I'm off to do an internet search.

    But I wanted to tell YOU first! [​IMG]


    ETA: It's a Florida Soft Shell Turtle. They can bite according to this: http://www.lakejacksonturtles.org/softshell.pdf

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    hope it's okay to post this link.
     
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2008
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    lol...thats neat!...they say if you can grab the tail...[​IMG]..they cant bite ya..??..when we had a big snapper in our yard,we took a shovel..and prodded her into a box..then brought her back to the river..good luck...Wendy
     
  3. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Sounds like a stinkpot turtle but not quite sure
     
  4. FloridaChickenChick

    FloridaChickenChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We've had so much rain recently that animals that haven't been seen in ages are out and about again. I don't necessarily WANT turtles in the pool, but if it means there's enough water that they can move about freely I guess it's a good thing.

    I hope it tires out soon so I can catch it.
     
  5. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

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    I was going to say it sounded like a Soft Shell Turtle [​IMG]
     
  6. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Hamilton C. FL
    Are you going to let it go , ouce you catch it ?? turtles are my FAV animal lol

    I have never touched a softshelled one before.. They have really long necks though [​IMG]
     
  7. menageriemama

    menageriemama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2008
    Lake Nebagamon, WI
    We used to catch them once in a while when canoeing the Wisconsin River. They are sooo cool!!! If you dont have a good spot to release it, lemme know and you can ship him up here so I can start a colony in my lake [​IMG]
     

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