Posted Apr 26, 2013
The snapping turtle is not a good pet unless you want to get hurt. They have very powerful jaws that will break a stick in two so imagine what it would do to your finger. The one up close personal experience I had was with one that showed up in our pond that had been injured. We ended up keeping it penned for about six months while his shell healed as best it could and repaired the rest with epoxy.
It eats huge amounts and requires daily cleaning of its cage. It never did get to the point where it was not aggressive and if you do not know how to pick one up it will bite you. They are very quick and agile when trying to attack prey so they are the same when caged. There were several close calls but I still have all my fingers. When spring came and it was time to set it free there were no tears shed over it leaving. I do not recommend them as pets for anyone. The only way I want to get that close to another one is if it is turtle soup.