One Less Snapping Turtle

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by howard, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. howard

    howard Out Of The Brooder

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    Caught a 14 lb. snapping turtle that has been harassing my ducklings.... and I suspect ate one in broad daylight.

    Been trying to catch him the last few days, but he has been stealing the bait and actually chewing on the metal leader that I was using to attach a hook and bait.

    Hooked him quite by accident ( was fishing for more bait ) I reeled him in close to shore and shot him with my .22 rifle.
    I was planning to relocate him but was afraid he would get off the line... was only using a 6# line...

    It had a HUGE mouth probably could open at least 3"

    The ducks have been afraid to go into the water... they will go in a shallow area near the edge of the pond, but spook easily and run out.

    I put the ducks in their duck house at night, Hopefully safe from Coyote, Fox and Racoons that I know are in the area.
     
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Good thing you caught him.

    Last year I had a snapping turtle rip the top beak off of my goose. we had to put her down.
     
  3. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep turtles will get those ducks, [​IMG] and the ducks know when they are active most of the time. They will get those little fellers in one big gulp too.
     
  4. rebeccakeesee

    rebeccakeesee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dont you think he may not be the only one in the pond?
     
  5. howard

    howard Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I know he is not the only one but I think he was the biggest. We have seen him lurking near the fish feeder last couple of years. Have hooked him a time or two but he usually got off by breaking the line. I was surprised when he let me pull him to the bank... His mistake !

    There are other smaller turtles in the pond, I sometimes catch them sunning on some rocks. they dive in when they see me.

    If I hadn't started to try to get some ducks established on the pond, I would have left him.

    The ducks refused to come out of their house this morning...usually they can't wait to get out and head for the water.

    I hope they will eventually forget the incident and return to the water.
     

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