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The Snapping Turtle

The Snapping Turtle - Chelydra serpentina


With a surly disposition and a look and pace that left no doubt as to it's determination - a snapping turtle crossed the little grove of trees between the private dirt road and my parent's house. I was sort of amazed that those things could move that quickly. Our dog, a brown lab mix, would run over to it, bark furiously, and then run back to where I was, smile at me to show me that he was indeed a good dog, and that he was determined to defend me against this vicious little intruder at all costs.

Luckily for my dog - he was much taller than the turtle, and much quicker as well. A common snapping turtle is nothing to play around with, as it's bite is uncommonly strong. A snapping turtle can sever your finger very quickly. There is no safe way to handle this creature. Even were you to try to pick one up from it's rear legs, it's neck is so long, and it's jaws so strong - that it can reach around and permanently disfigure your hands.

The Face and Beak of The Snapper, or common Snapping Turtle


The Belligerent Snapping Turtle

I can't help but imagine that this turtle got it's name from it's out of water disposition. I also can't help but imagine that the only reason that I've never heard of anyone being injured by one of these turtles is that it's disposition and total dislike of humans is always displayed thoroughly and so effectively that nobody in their right mind bothers one.

Growing up in Kaufman, Texas - we had little turtles around that we called Box Turtles, and those were pretty much harmless. Of course they'd all have been best off had we never bothered them at all, but after playing with a box turtle. . . .a kid could be mislead into thinking that all turtles are as benign as are the little turtles that I call Box Turtles. But if you saw a turtle in the road, or in the yard - and it was a Snapping Turtle, believe you me, you'd not mistake that thing as anything nice or friendly, or harmless. It's just obvious that this critter doesn't exist for kid owe shits and giggles.

This snapping turtle distribution map is incorrect. I live outside this map's area, and snapping turtles are extremely common where I live


The Snapping Turtle Habitat

Now, I don't know about you, but I was a fearless young boy - and I used to stomp around all manner of pasture and woodland in Kaufman County, Texas at every opportunity. At a very young age I had a BB gun, and I'd go out and about shooting at anything that I could see. Yes, there is a dimple on my forehead for me shooting the brick wall of a house.

You'll put your eye out, kid!

Of course no one hunts or kills much with a Red Rider BB gun. I did, briefly, graduate to a pellet gun, and at twelve years of age I bought a Harrington and Richardson Single Shot Twenty Gauge. Now, I absolutely do not care what you think of the fact that I was twelve years old and ran around freely and unsupervised with a shotgun. If you raise your children correctly, then most likely, your children will be able to run around with an AK 47, if you give one to them. Flush you firearm hatred down someone else's commode. Thanks.

Oh. . . .snapping turtles, yes - the snappers. Most often you do NOT see them on land. Oh they come and go as they wish, but most often in my life I see them from the neck up and in the water only. If you do NOT know what you are looking at, it's very common to think that a snapping turtle's neck and head is just a stick sticking up out of any creek, stream, pond, etc; snapping turtles are basically in their element in such positions, and they've no reason to fear you.

Ever walk along a creek or pond and suddenly hear a large and unexplained SPLASH? Likely what you'd heard was a snapping turtle lurch off of it's log just out of the water, and into the water. Snappers can just hear you stomping about. They know already that they think that you suck so far as them desiring your companionship, and they tend to just opt out of your company whenever possible. Oh don't let it get you down! I assure you - you're better off without the snapping turtles in your social life. You're also much better off with all of your fingers.

The Box Turtle NOT a Snapping Turtle


Snapping Turtles - Size and lifespan

I've seen some very large sticks sticking out of King's Creek, in Kaufman County Texas - that turned out to not be sticks, but the heads of snapping turtles. Now, please don't mistake me and these snappers with the Alligator Snapping Turtle, that massive beast is another thing altogether. The Alligator Snapping Turtle is NOT something I've ever seen in Texas in the wild. If I had seen one, I'd have ran as fast as I could. . . .for a camera. The common snapping turtle, however, is not exactly a small thing. They can weight up to seventy five pounds.

I've heard of it - but I've never seen it or had any - but some people hunt these things for their meat, and make something called turtle soup with that. I'm not so bashful about food when I'm hungry, so maybe I'll give it a try some day. I only have no idea where in the world one would find such a meal. I'm going to make a guess that such cuisine could be had in Louisiana more frequently than in Texas.

I suppose that if the United States Government, ruled bymulti-national corporations and their masters - who seek global governance - continue on with the full sale desecration of the Untied States that more and more individuals will be eating things like snapping turtles. I'll be right there with them. Hunger is hunger. But left alone in the wild a snapping turtle can live a long and, I suppose, happy turtle life. Thirty years is not an average - but an estimated life span of one of these in the wild. In captivity, snapping turtles have lived as long as forty seven years.

The Carapace or "shell" of the Snapping Turtle

A Turtle's carapace is what we commoners call the turtle's shell. I should clarify what was stated earlier about snapping turtles weighing as much as seventy five pounds - that weight is only achieved, or approached in captive snapping turtles - thirty five pounds is a more realistic upper end size and weight for a snapping turtle in the wild, and such a turtle will often have a carapace of twenty inches, roughly, in length.

The dinosaur like ridges of the snapping turtle's carapace are more sharp and pronounced in younger turtles. It's clear that this armor is mostly impenetrable to predators in the wild.

Snapping Turtles - Observe the Carapace


Snapping turtles - Their Diet

A snapping turtle isn't a picky eater. The snapping turtle is an omnivorousness sort of creature, but they do have their preferences. Though a snapping turtle will eat plant life, the snap of this creatures jaws should have implied that it is mostly a carnivorousness sort, and finds fish, frogs, snakes, and other turtles more yummy than other things. Like other manner of creatures, snapping turtles are not adverse to making meals of others of it's own order. Yes, the snapping turtle eats other turtles, they'd make fine board members and stock holders of multi national corporations - and would certainly make the good old boys club in the United States aristocracy.

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A snapping turtle may have it's favorite meals, but it is likely to eat anything that it can swallow. It's also rather plain to see that the snapping turtle isn't the creature to avoid becoming something's meal itself with speed of escape. Anything that can catch it and not be injured by it's jaws is likely to enjoy a bit of it, so much the more if it can penetrate it's carapace.

A Young Snapping Turtle -A Meal For The Great Blue Heron


Why Did The Snapping Turtle Cross The Road?


Snapping turtles prefer to either be in the water, or just out of the water basking on a fallen log - if you see one travelling, then he or she is surely searching for "greener pastures," so to speak.

It could possibly be a hard one to wrap the ol noggin' around for those raised in a purposefully dumbed down Rockefeller America - but turtles lay eggs. I know - I thought that only chickens lay eggs too at one point, but the facts are that there is more in the heavens and Earth, Horatio, than is found in your materialism philosophy.

Seeing a snapping turtle on land and away from a body of water is a sure indication of one of a few things - overpopulation, the loss of it's previous habitat, or it's searching for a good place to lay it's eggs. Female snapping turtles are masters of conservation of male snapping turtle sperm - they can save it for years at a time, and use it when they find it convenient

Female snapping turtles dig holes, and deposit anywhere from twenty five to eighty eggs into it, then they cover the egg filled hole up with dirt for incubation and protection. The hatching of the eggs is mostly dependent upon the temperature, and usually occurs over the Winters.

Show Some Respect - Do Not Act Like This Fool, Leave The Snapping Turtle ALONE!


What's Special About A Snapping Turtle?

The Snapping Turtle is mostly known for being unfriendly. You shouldn't hold the snapping turtle's disposition against him, it's not personal. The Snapping Turtles of this world are the only turtles that can not hide their entire body inside of their carapace or shell, and for that reason, they have developed a demeanor that belies no misinterpretation. They don't want anything to do with you, and you should enjoy your life without them.

Somehow somebody somewhere decided that snapping turtles make good pets - nothing could be further from the truth, however, and invasive snapping turtles have been found in places like Italy. The Italians surely do not need American snapping turtles in their beautiful country, and the only way that they'd ever got there in the first place was because damned fools brought them there as pets, and then discarded them.

It is a common misconception that common snapping turtles may be safely picked up by the tail with no harm to the animal; in fact, this has a high chance of injuring the turtle, especially the tail itself and the vertebral column. - that from Wikipedia, and thus my disgust with the cretin in the photo above.

Also from the Wikipedia article about Snapping Turtles:

The common snapping turtle is not an ideal pet. Its neck is very flexible, and the turtle can bite its handler even if picked up by the sides of its shell. The turtle can amputate a finger with its powerful jaws. It will make a hissing sound when it is threatened or encountered; however, when in the water and unprovoked, they are fairly docile toward humans.

Friends, nature is to be appreciated - it's not to be abused or "owned," and neither are you. Show some respect for nature, and maybe it will be returned to you in kind.

© 2011 Wesman Todd Shaw


Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on September 10, 2012:

tlmcgaa70 - there are a lot of violent and stupid people mind tells me it starts with isolation, and watching television, and the sick want of values that comes from that source.

Killing something just to watch it a sickness, a cancer, and I'll bet our own Harlan Osborne will soon get his cancer, as that is indeed the part he's playing on this Earth.

tlmcgaa70 from south dakota, usa on September 10, 2012:

harlan...did you go out and kill it just to kill it? if so, then "I" dont care what YOU think...YOU are heartless. there are no words to describe a person who kills things simply to snuff out a life. all life is precious. to end it without a reason is wasteful and abominable. be careful...karma has a bad habit of biting one in the backside when one least expects it.

Harlan Osborne on September 10, 2012:

To ALL of you that called the man holding the turtle by its tail a "moronic redneck". You are all just a bunch of animal activists. And cry over the littlest things. The turtle is NOT being harmed. A snapper is one of the most resilient animals around, and if you knew anything about them you would have seen that. The man is simply taking it out of an area and moving it or eating it which is presumed. Don' go crying and calling people rednecks as if its a bad thing. I grew up in the hills and dont appreciate people saying things like this, especially people that do not know what they are talking about. FYI: I went out to my uncles pond yesterday evening and shot a snapping turtle with a 22. cal liber rifle, and i dont care either way what you think about it.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on August 17, 2012:

Aua merine - take it to the creek bottoms and let that sucker loose!!!!!!!!!!

aqua merine on August 17, 2012:

i have a turtle that my uncle coght in th street its a snapping turtle ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Turtleman on June 10, 2012:

They taste great!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on April 19, 2012:

iamaudraleigh - thanks very much! I'm no Vegan...but I'm increasingly becoming more aware and in tune with things...trying.

I hate trophy hunting/fishing....if I kill it, then it is going to be food, and I'll never purposefully risk injury to a breathing thing otherwise.

iamaudraleigh on April 18, 2012:

I love everything turtle here!!! Your headings are fantastic...especially, "Show Some Respect - Do Not Act Like This Fool, Leave The Snapping Turtle ALONE!" Voted up and shared!!!

The Logician from then to now on on April 16, 2012:

"tsadjatko - I have no idea! I might put that in the hub here...but I'd be afraid someone would...try to play with a snapper and get hurt."

Do it!! It's just too unusual to ignore - the video has a disclaimer too. I put it in my hub page "the "uncommon" common snapping turtle". Of course mine has a video of a game warden getting bit by an alligator snapper first which provides more influence to discourage petting a snapper.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on April 16, 2012:

Well Wikipedia says the big ones are in Eastern Texas. I'm North and East - but not truly in what is considered East Texas...more just North Central Texas - outside of Dallas. We've got a lot different flora and fauna here than even seventy miles further East.

It is wild that they live so far North. I guess they can just handle the cold!

Yep - I wonder what it tastes like too, but I don't intend to kill one at all - I wouldn't have the first clue how to prepare it. I think I'd rather eat fish!

tlmcgaa70 from south dakota, usa on April 16, 2012:

actually, there are not supposed to be any alligator snapping turtles as far north as south dakota, yet we have seen them here. i wouldn't doubt you have a few in texas as well. it is my believe that people catch them, perhaps as babies, then travel back to their home states where ever that may be, then when they get to big to keep they release them in any body of water, and they begin breeding with the local common snappers. i have often wondered what turtle tastes like, but unless i am in need of the meat i will not kill one just to find out. i have eaten snake meat, perhaps it is not so different from that.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on April 15, 2012:

tlmcgaa70 - thanks for your awesome comment!

I wish we had the big alligator snappers in Texas. I've seen some big snapping turtles out fishing...and its neat how they just ain't going to be messed with near the water, they instantly dive in.

They only travel when they need to find a new place to live! Meaning....they are already hungry and pissed when they are on the road, but it sounds like you know quite a lot about all of that.

tlmcgaa70 from south dakota, usa on April 15, 2012:

the big snapping turtles like alligator snappers will not be injured by picking them up and carrying them by their tails, it is the only safe way to carry one. the first one i ever came across was a grouchy old man sitting in the middle of the road. my sister approached him from the front and i from the back (common sense told me to stay away from his mouth area). this turtle i picked up from the sides (a hand on each side between his front and back legs) and even though he did not bite me (it is amazing how long their necks can be, as i saw when he snapped at my sister standing in front of him), his hind claws did a number on my arms. small aquatic turtles like the painted and slider turtles should not be picked up by their fact you would be lucky to even catch hold of it as they tuck it in tight when threatened. in any case their tails are to small, not huge and meaty like the bigger snappers. my mother raised an alligator snapping turtle, and it was not mean. it got out of its aquarium one time and when she discovered he was gone she called him and he came to her. i remember hand feeding him minnows once and i misjudged the distance and his beak closed on my thumb. as soon as he realized he had me and not the fish he opened his mouth and released me. he was never a mean turtle. i have a western painted turtle now that i rescued off the road last summer. she has never once tried to bite me and regularly eats food from my fingers. i can rub her head and under her beak and she appears to enjoy it. she goes for walks with me and as her aquarium sits on the table, she tends to beg at dinner time. i usually give her a strip of whatever meat i am eating at the time. she appears to enjoy her safe life.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on April 15, 2012:

tsadjatko - I have no idea! I might put that in the hub here...but I'd be afraid someone would...try to play with a snapper and get hurt.

The Logician from then to now on on April 15, 2012:

Here is one exception to that meanness rule - Ya think a lot of TLC can give this result?

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on April 15, 2012:

It's likely!!!! The snappers are total meat eaters!!!!!!!!!!!

My fishin' bud caught two of them on either pork livers or crayfish here recently....NOT what you want to reel in to just have to hope the gtfo the hook and line!

VERY aggressive little buggers - mean as hell too! from upstate, NY on April 15, 2012:

I live in the adirondack foothill's here in upstate NY and we have snapping turtles, even in the mountains where the temporature in the winter lingers around 0 degrees or lower for about a month.

I was walking with my wife past a shallow pond yesterday and we saw a huge turtle, with a large part of its body visable outside its shell. The turtle was entirely under the water about 2-3 inches. I told her it must be a snapping turtle. Earlier this month there were ducks and smaller turtles all over the pond, now there's a lot less of them, so I guessed that snapper must have eaten some of those smaller turtles and maybe even the ducks.

PADDYBOY60 from Centreville Michigan on November 17, 2011:

I agree that it might if you were flinging them around or carrying them long distances. Just to carry them a few feet won't hurt them.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on November 17, 2011:

I'm just quoting Wikipedia - it says that handling them by the tails often permanently injures the turtle.

I'm positive that I wouldn't want to test their jaws by picking them up any other way - so I just avoid those things. I rarely see them on land, but it happens from time to time. Trot lines are a real problem - seems like you'll mostly catch snapping turtles in this area with trot lines.

PADDYBOY60 from Centreville Michigan on November 17, 2011:

It may seem like I am hurting them, but that's not the case. They have very strong tails, and as long as your not carrying them very far, like in the cases, when I move them out of the road, there are no ill effects. If you pick them up by the legs, that can hurt them and you, from being bit.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on November 16, 2011:

But you could be permanently injuring the turtle -so why would you do that at all unless you intended to make dinner with the thing?

PADDYBOY60 from Centreville Michigan on November 16, 2011:

I have handled a lot of snapping turtles. Like the fool in the picture, I pick them up by the tail, which is the safe way to handle them as long as you keep your arm straight down and keep it away from your body. I have handle dozens this way and haven't been bitten yet, and I don't plan to be.But I am used to handling these bruisers. I don't recommend just anyone try to do this. Most of the time I am getting them out of the road, so that they don't get hit. When I was a kid about a hundred and fifty years ago, we used to eat the meat. It is very delicious as I recollect.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on October 06, 2011:

There's also something called the alligator snapping turtle - which is way bigger than the common snapping turtle - but the alligator turtles are so big that for someone like me, who's never seen one, it would be a shock to ever see one in the wild.

You've just sort of reminded me that I should be riding my bicycle daily now that it's cooler!

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on October 06, 2011:

Wesman Todd Shaw,

I had a huge turtle-assumed it was a snapping turtle once when I lived behind a wildlife preserve. I thought without my glasses that it was a bizarre looking dog. Would have never considered a turtle!

When I train my personal clients for fitness, I enjoy bringing in parallels to animals. The turtle is a great analogy for going slow and sure. The rabbit is my source for cardio and the combination of the turtle and the rabbit of course equal a beautiful fox!

We can learn so much from animals.

LOVED this hub! Outstanding!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on September 03, 2011:

I'm not sure if it's legal or not because I think it varies from state to state - but if you know what a trot line is, and run a trot line across a pond - you'll catch some snapping turtles that way.

The problem is that there is absolutely NOTHING that you can do with them after you catch them. They'll have you in the emergency room in no time with bad hand injuries!

Of course people to eat them - but I have no clue as to how one would go about cleaning turtle meat for food!

felicitylovespari on September 02, 2011:

I know you mention people being stupid enough to mess with one. But my cousins and I would spend weekends trying to figure out how to catch these little guys in the small ponds by my grandfather's place. Of course I was 7 and we never caught one. :)

tlmcgaa70 from south dakota, usa on August 27, 2011:

we get very hot in the summers, often reaching 118 with 100 percent humidity. we have been very blessed this year with a relatively mild winter and a wet spring and summer...only about a month of over 100 degree weather...the rest in the upper 90.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on August 27, 2011:

I've never been to the Dakotas. I'm afraid I'd want to hibernate in something year round up there!

tlmcgaa70 from south dakota, usa on August 27, 2011:

they have done quite well for themselves here. we knew they were on the eastern side of the state because some boys had caught a baby one but then didn't know how to feed it so they gave it to my mom. then when we moved here to the western side, along the wounded knee creek, we were told to keep an eye out for a snapper that looked like something from the dinosaur days. then one day when i was fishing in the creek for the cats, i caught something, (the water is very muddy) and i did not see what it was til i got it nearly to shore. just as i realized i had the back foot of a huge turtle, it got off the hook. i can only imagine this turtle was the same ancient dinosaur looking snapper i had heard about seen sunbathing nearby. the description of triple ridges and ridges down the tail lead me to believe it to is an alligator snapping turtle. i suppose they do as all the water turtles do here...hibernate in the mud through the winter.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on August 27, 2011:

Hm.....I know about the Alligator Snapping Turtles, of course - but I've never seen one.

You realize that the common snapping turtle can get as big as seventy five pounds.

It's not too cold for those turtles in South Dakota?

tlmcgaa70 from south dakota, usa on August 27, 2011:

some of your pictures are of the alligator snapping tutrle. they differ from the common snapper in several ways. they have ridges that go down their tails and they have a worm like thing in their mouth that they use to lure fish in close enough to catch. and alligator snappers get awesomely huge. i remember watching a tv show many years ago, this man pulled an alligator snapper out of a swamp in florida, it was wide enough he could just straddle it comfortably. he took a branch 1.5-2 inches in diameter to show the power in the turtles jaws and that turtle snapped that branch in half. we have what appears to be snapper turtles mixed with alligator snappers way up here in south dakota.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on July 30, 2011:

Thanks Sir! I'd LOVE to see one of them big bad Alligator snappers!

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on July 30, 2011:

Thoroughly enjoyed this hub, WTS. I also agree with your thoughts on young people handling firearms if they are reared properly in their use.

We do have alligator snapping turtles in this area of southern Georgia and they are quite fierce if approached.

Rated up!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on July 25, 2011:

Thank you very much, tsadjatko!!!!!

The Logician from then to now on on July 25, 2011:

I really liked the Joplin tune! I thought turtles crossed the road to get to the shell station? :)

My kinda hub guy! I found it through google alerts on the web. check out "the uncommon commion snapping turtle"

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on July 20, 2011:

Howdy, Rose West!!!! :=D

I think they are cranky cause their house is too small! They can't even fit all of themselves inside of theirs!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on July 20, 2011:

Hey Ghomefitness - if I can't make little drive by political snibbits, I just ain't doing it right!

Rose West from Michigan on July 19, 2011:

Aww, the poor snapping turtle! You'd be cranky too if you had to crawl around on the ground with your house on your back ;) I recently got to see a green sea turtle napping on the beach - he was amazing!

ghomefitness from Chicago,IL on July 19, 2011:

It is cool stuff I probably would never have looked up on my own and I enjoy the funny tie in's to pollitics.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on July 19, 2011:

Hey thank you, ghomefitness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You ought to know that I'm doing the learning when I make these things! Of course my little stories and opinions are real - but the biology, I'm mostly learning that stuff while creating these.


ghomefitness from Chicago,IL on July 19, 2011:

They are cool looking and as always I learned something from you, but I still am to turtlie for the turtle club!

Sueswan on July 17, 2011:

Just goes to show you people can change. :=D

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on July 17, 2011:

Thanks Sueswan! I think I like your sister already. I've been one of those people that she doesn't like, but I think I've grown out of that. :=D

Sueswan on July 17, 2011:

Another great hub. I agree with you 100% that we should show respect to nature and not use and abuse it.

My sister is an animal lover. Not crazy about people. I try to tell her that there are good people.

She doesn't like people who think that everything is put on the earth for their pleasure.

justom from 41042 on July 16, 2011:

Great hub Todd, when I was in the service I got to see a couple of those big sea turtles and they were amazing. It was just weird to see a turtle that big but here in Kentucky there's a senator who looks just like a turtle except he's not as smart! We call him Mitch the bitch:-P

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on July 16, 2011:

Hey thanks, Alladream74! I'm hoping that someone will tackle wildlife in the U.K. - I'm . . .clueless about that stuff, but would love to know about it (hint hint hint) !

Victor Mavedzenge from Oakland, California on July 16, 2011:

Never seen one before,now I will know when i do.Thanks for a great hub

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on July 15, 2011:

Howdy Ms Lizzy!!!!!!!!!

Thank you very much, ma'am, I'm much obliged to ya! We here in WTS land - almost make it the national past time. . .the analogies, n' such!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on July 15, 2011:

Aye Christopher! I hope that this is not only true, but recorded for posterity. . .I mean, you know, if posterity was already a thing that was possible in this instance!

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on July 15, 2011:

Great post! I love your analogies to the politicians. Hahaha! So true! Good information.

Voted up & useful.

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on July 15, 2011:

The good thing about the idiot holding the turtle by the tail is, that is just the first picture.

The second picture proves that snapping turtles can bite off more than just fingers, especially if you dangle them near the crotch area.

What you say Wesman is indeed wise.

"Show some respect for nature, and maybe it will be returned to you in kind"

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on July 15, 2011:

Hey Cathlynn99!!!! Thanks for that - you reminded me that I didn't put anything in here about the range of snapping turtles. . . .I gotta find out about that and add to this!

I'd eat some o' that soup!

cathylynn99 from northeastern US on July 15, 2011:

we have snapping turtles in PA. my mom's dad was quite a hunter and we had turtle soup at his house. i don't particularly remember it. must not have been too bad.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on July 15, 2011:

Hmmm????? I don't understand. The one being held by the tail by that moronic red neck is probably being injured in the process, so that would be a reason for that one to cry turtle tears.

Humera Sharif from Faisal Abad on July 15, 2011:

Why this turtle is weeping?

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on July 15, 2011:

Hey Ms Robison! I think it has to do with their environment and their size. These are small to medium sized turtles. I think the creatures that live so long are mostly tortoises or very big turtles like the snappers cousin, the Alligator snapping turtle.

FloraBreenRobison on July 15, 2011:

some species of turtles can live 150 years. I wonder why snapping turtles have only a third of the life span at the most or a fifth of the lifespan on average?

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