|Old_Zircon - 2016-02-01 |
So many things wrong with this.
|bopeton - 2016-02-01 |
He's lucky to be alive
|infinite zest - 2016-02-01 |
I knew what was coming, but that buzzy sound at :32 made me prematurely jump. Unless that's the sound snapping turtles actually make!?!
I think that was the turtle's cell phone
|RocketBlender - 2016-02-01 |
I've heard they're vicious, but I've never seen one in action before. Didn't know they could jump like that. Guy had it coming though.
They aren't vicious at all, unless you provoke them. There are about half a dozen living in a pond near my parents' house, they're really docile. Every decade or so one of them will try to migrate to some no-longer-in-existence spot to breed or something, and the route takes it right through the back yard, so my dad will have to shoo it into a box and put it back in the pond a few times over a week or so before it gets the hint. I've been around for it a couple of times and you definitely don't want to be careless but over all it's not a big deal.
This guy was absolutely asking for it, and his top priority should have been getting the thing safely out of the road. It's probably older than his grandparents, to begin with. I really can't respect a person who doesn't respect turtles.
it's small, not very old.
I think they sold a few snapping turtles at this big petstore I liked to go to in Brown Deer Wisconsin (because there's nothing else to do in Brown Deer Wisconsin). I've had a lot of critters over the year, gerbils, guinea pigs, cats and dogs and turtles, and at one point or another they've snapped at me, meaning a little bite, scratch, etc. I couldn't fathom keeping a guy like this in any sort of captivity, even if we were best bros most of the time.
Yeah, I wouldn't want to have one of them as a roommate, but it was fun having them for neighbors in high school.
Solro, this is as any that I've seen in the wild, and Google tells me that and 8-12" carapace is typical of an adult common snapping turtle, although Wikipedia puts the range at 9.5" to 18" (which sounds right, that one looks like maybe 12-14" at most and under 10" seems really small compared to what I'm used to). Anyhow, the point is this guy could easily be 60 or older.
Actually watching the video again I think you're right, it looks a little small, could be a 10 or 11 incher.
Alligator snappers are the big ones, though, but they look a lot different.
|Binro the Heretic - 2016-02-01 |
When I was about fourteen, my friends & I watched a snapping turtle climb a chain-link fence, drop into the yard inside, cross the yard, climb the fence on the opposite side, drop down outside the yard and keep on his merry way into the woods.
One of the guys said he wanted to catch it and keep it as a pet. We said, "Yeah, go ahead."
He gave up when we all refused to help him.
It's actually good to catch them if you see them doing that, what's usually happening is they're trying to migrate to a spot that most likely doesn't exist anymore because of human development (that's why they cross roads and climb fences and stuff - they're following a route they know from before that stuff was built) and it often ends in them dying from exposure or being hit by a car. It's an ongoing wildlife management problem.
But keeping your friend from taking it home was obviously a good move.
|ashtar. - 2016-02-01 |
My idiot dog attacked 3 porcupines (with associated painful dequillings), chased two black bears into trees, and killed countless groundhogs. When he and I encountered a snapping turtle sunning itself by a pond, I just grabbed the thing by the back of the shell and hucked it into the water before the dog could get his face bitten off.
|gmol - 2016-02-01 |
Does it really jump 5ft in the air? Or did he just turn the camera away ?
I have no idea what happened, they can't jump at all. It can probably stretch its head out a foot or more, and pretty fast, but that's it. The rule of thumb I have for handling them is that anywhere forward of its rear legs is a spot it can reach, but so far in my life I've never had to actually test that, the most I've done is nudge them with a shovel.
Binro the Heretic
One that size could lunge about a foot or so forward, but OZ is right about the stretchy neck being more dangerous.
I didn't realize they could lunge even that far, the most I've seen them do is kind of stand up to look bigger and shuffle forward a few steps to look threatening. That's plenty for me.
|Meerkat - 2016-02-02 |
I've been watching Gamera movies all week.
|Robin Kestrel - 2016-02-02 |
I was hoping it would latch onto his crotch.
|Kid Fenris - 2016-02-02 |
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
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