Animal Stories - Snapping Turtle

Animal-World Information about: Snapping Turtle

   The pugnacious attitude of the Snapping Turtles makes them great feeders, and therefore healthy resilient captives!
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jack boothe - 2010-05-08
I have 2 hatchling common snappers I caught and I absolutely adore them, much more than most my other reptiles and amphibians (im a collector). But my absolute pride and joy is my wonderful, beautiful, 12 inch adult female. I very strongly believe that she is the mother of my hatchlings since I found them in the same river no more than 30 feet away from each other (all on different weekends). Common and alligator snappers are my favorite turtles and since I think I've had a fair amount of experience with keeping a common snapper I'm really hoping to get a hatchling alligator snapper. :)

leo - 2010-02-07
I love Common Snapping Turtles, I've had them all my life. I had an Alligator Snapper too but, maybe just that specific one, was not really active. It would only come out in the middle of the night, I would have to sneak up on it with a flashlight. I have one now thats around 3" and have it in a 20Long gallon aquarium and will get 125 gallon by summertime. I came across a website that had Snappers I have never seen before they're called Hypomelanistic. Does anyone know where these are found or are they privately breeded?

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  • DarkOneCFH - 2010-03-10
    Try they have them even though they are pretty pricey
R.C.M.Tiongson - 2009-04-26
Mine is an alligator snapping turtle named tokka! I acquired it a year ago with a length of 11 cm. Now tokka is more than 19 cm., last I checked. I don't know if it's male or female, but I'm hoping for a male though, for the size! It eats one 11-12 cm frozen fish a day, usually at night.
I'd be making a pond for it sometime this year cause the 20 gallon it is in now is starting to get too small for it. I'm hoping to get another one and maybe breed them in the future.

question: how long does it take for the alligator snapper to not eat anything to make one worry...

Andrea H. - 2009-03-26
My little brother found a snapping turtle out in Harford County where he lives but I don't know what kind it is. I took the turtle from him because he wasn't taking care of it and he's doing quite well. I think he's a little spoiled because he won't really catch any of the feeder fish on his own. So I really stick to feeding him earth worms because I hate catching the fish and dangling them in front of him so he can eat it. I don't plan on putting him back out in the wild when ge gets bigger but I do plan on giving him to the aquarium or something.

Andrea - 2009-01-03
I got a commom snapper not quite a year ago from a friend and breeder. Charlie was about 1 1/2 inches when I got him, about a 1 year to 1 1/2 yrs old. Everything I have read says they grow about 1 to 2 inches a year. Well, Charlie must be the exception to the rule. He is now from the front of his shell to the back 5 1/2 inches, 9 if you inculded his tail. Mind you I am not measuring him head. He'll try to snap if I attempt that. He is very aggressive, hissing and snapping at anything put in front of his face. I love him to death, he has such a personality, knows his name and responds to it. He has gotten to the point where he doesn't like being in his tank all the time, so he is in it only half the time, and yes he is a male, even though they say you can't tell the sex until they are adults, he has made it more than obvious he is male. So everyone who has a snapper, be prepared for the unexpected with this breed. They are fasinating!

jay - 2008-12-27
I have a snapper we got in the Adirondack Mtns. in July 07. He (or she) has done well in captivity, however, we would like to release it back to the wild next summer. and wonder what are the downfalls of doing that. The nest he was in was being ransacked by raccoons and we saved this baby. I don't want to do anything detrimental to the turtle.

Anonymous - 2008-10-28
I have young snapper (about 1 and a half inches) named Quarter, I found him on a golf corse that was being sprayed with weed killer. I had seen numerous other turtles that day - all of them dead. I am usually against taking animals from the wild, but that day I made an exeption to save his life. At first he didn't eat but now is doing fine. I have had him for about three months and have him set up in a tank with drift wood, a basking light, a filter and some duckweed. He is fed Freeze dried shrimp, Repto-min and feeder minnows. He is a wonderful creature and I enjoy having him.

Blake - 2008-08-24
I have had a common snapping turtle for almost 2 years now. I found him as a 1.5" baby crawling down the side of a road by a corn field, He now has a large tank and plenty of food. He is a little agressive and eats about 10 fish a week, and a baby mouse every once in a while (in a separate tank as it gets a little bloody). But I have always loved turtles and and looking to get a new tank for a spiny shoftshell turtle in the near future. OH by the way his name is Bags McBic and is about 3.5" now.

Anonymous - 2008-06-02
I have a common snapper named Frank. No clue how old he is, he was hit by a car and my friend and his mom raised him back to health. He's probably about 6 inches long from the front of his shell to the back. But he's a great pet. Never vicious with me, never even attempted to bite me. And, mine actually likes being handled. He will stand on his hind legs whenever I enter the room to show me it's time for him to come out of his tank. Great pets, though.