Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Mar 24, 2014
When I was working for a turtle rehab center during a break in university, I had the opportunity to work with these huge amazing turtles. The common snapping turtle is by far the largest turtle in our area and they are truly beautiful.
These turtles came in to us through the spring months because the turtles would be struck as they crossed roads to lay their eggs. Often they had had broken legs and other injuries that we could help heal. My responsibility was to clean their tanks and feed them. Their diet was mostly frozen meat and they basically ate voraciously.
Obviously, being snapping turtles, they are extremely dangerous and can seriously hurt somebody. They should therefore not be handled at all, period. If you are going to work with these animals, I recommend extreme caution and prudence be taken whenever you are around them.