Snapping turtle mistake

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by foxtrapper, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Songster

    Apr 18, 2007
    Well drat. I didn't know snapping turtles could climb several feet of cage to escape.

    Brought one home late Monday night to cook up for dinner. Nice 15 pounder or so. So I put her in one of the old dog crates I have out back. Didn't have a top, but since it was several feet tall, I figured I was fine. Wrong!

    Come home from work Tuesday, get all the butchering gear out, and go to get supper. It's not there! Oh, this is peachy. Somewhere in my nicely penned barnyard, complete with a pond, I now have a good sized snapping turtle lurking, wanting to lay her eggs. And she's got a nasty disposition, even for a snapping turtle.

    Sigh. As my wife said, while laughing at me, boy if you're going to screw up, you sure do it right!
  2. birdlover

    birdlover Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    [​IMG] [​IMG] (Don't know whether to laugh or cry!) Well, I hope you had some eggs to cook up! Good luck...or should I say...BE CAREFUL!!!

  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    [​IMG] OH NO!! Those things can be so dangerous. We have LOADS of them here...nothing a good shot wont take care of. I dont want them in my pond, we have baby ducks. Bite size for a turtle THAT size. Ohhh, I hope you find it soon!
  4. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    YIKES! A 15lb snapper in your backyard is no fun at all! Bet it headed for that pond....
  5. Blondie

    Blondie Songster

    Here's a picture of one that was visiting the chickens a few weeks ago. That's my cell phone on it's back to give a perspective on how big it was.


    It finally went back to the creek:


    Boilerjoe also said they make a tasty soup.
  6. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon

    Jan 27, 2007
    `Nasty dispositions' yaaassssss. Alligator Snappers are the reason I gave up skinny dipping in the strip pit ponds around here a couple of decades ago.

    They are very tasty if cubed and pressure cooked. Every few years an old moss back will migrate into our pond (do bad things to little grass carp) and we'll Dremel and surgical prep blade it into a stew.

    Hope you find it!
  7. wren

    wren Songster

    May 27, 2007
    St Augustine, FL
    Trap it! 'Course you already knew that huh, "fox-trapper!"[​IMG]
  8. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    run turtles run,,,run for your lives !!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. boilerjoe_96

    boilerjoe_96 Songster

    Apr 4, 2007
    West Lafayette, IN
    YUMMMMM Chicken fried turtle.... with a little turtle soup(w/ Sherry) on the side.....

    I may have to get a couple this year.....

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