Posted May 22, 2015
My cousin and I found Mikey while fishing at a local pond. We were kids at the time and believed we should keep him as a pet, alongside another turtle we found (painted turtle). We took the two baby turtles to our grandparents' house and put them in a plastic baby swimming pool in the garage along with some large rocks.
Although it was clear from the beginning that our grandparents did not expect the turtles to live, they did. They did very well in the swimming pool, eating a diet of small bugs and crickets and whatever leftover vegetable scrap we decided they would like.
One of the most appealing things about this turtle was the shape of its head and shell. The head was really uniquely pointed. The shell had rough peaks and juts to it as well. As a pet, this was a very cool-looking one. However, it was not a very nice one. Mikey definitely lived up to his name (snapping turtle) and he bit a lot. He also hid a lot more from human contact than the painted turtle did.
Overall, I would recommend a snapping turtle as a viewing pet, but not one to take out and play with very often. It would be easy to care for, given their hardy health and few requirements for a suitable environment, but I would not trust it with my fingers once it got a little bigger.