Darn! I can’t see the photos!! We just found a baby snapping turtle in our pool. I was glad it was still alive. All the frogs find instant death when they get into our pool. [emoji30]This is a new one on me. I rarely ever see turtles in the wild but got this guy in the pool today. Took him out and kids are trying to feed it cabbage. I told them NO MORE PETS!!!
Snappers can be large or small in fact we dispatched one that was huge 20” inches because it was killing our baby ducks. Nasty things.I can't see the pics either but a 6" shell is a box turtle in this area. A 10-14" shell is a snapping turtle and be careful. I've seen both, just saw the box turtle a few weeks ago - see him every couple of years. Only saw the snapper one time.
Interesting usually box turtles are found wandering around in the woods. But hey, I don’t blame him for wanting to take a swim. Glad he survived as they are getting pretty rare! My little snapper survived. Only about 2 inches across. I have a little man made pond that I quickly immersed him in. We have seen him several times over the past few weeks. Not sure what I will do when he gets bigger. [emoji15]It’s a box turtle.
Snappers are unable to retract their head, legs and tail completely in the shell. Be careful with the bigger ones! They can chomp a small branch in half; your finger would be no problem! See this link: DEEP: Common Snapping Turtle Fact Sheet There is also a soft-shell turtle which I gather is a nasty customer but apparently good eating, as is the snapper. Here's a link: Florida softshell turtle - WikipediaPG - that's definitely not a snapper..snappers have a pre-historic like "knotty" tail...this guy is definitely terrestrial..he's a good one to have...thanks for sharing
PS - I could not see pics either PC or other...the box turtles we have here are a lot less colorful.