Posted Jul 25, 2014
When I was seven my siblings caught some baby snapping turtles in the wild. The turtles were adorable since they were so tiny. They were only about an inch long. As typical children will do, we begged out Mother to let us keep them. She gave in and we put the three turtles in an aquarium with a water pool.
The turtles seemed easy enough to take care of but they left their "droppings" all over the pool which required it to be cleaned daily. The smell was terrible and they would use the bathroom in their food! The turtles quickly lost their appeal. They sat around all day, would hide in their shell when you picked them up, and the cleaning was extensive and time consuming.
I would not recommend this animal for new pet owners due to the smell and lack of playfulness. The snapping turtle is a time consuming pet which you don't get much in return for the effort it takes to maintain. They also have a tendency to bite which should make you think twice about owning one. We kept our turtles for three months before my Mother put her foot down and made up get rid of them.