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Snapping turtles in the water

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So while tubing a western mass river, I drifted over a good sized snapping turtle  in an eddy 24” deep. It did nothing, other than continue walking.  Are they less aggressive in the water? On land I’m sure I would have been bitten at that distance.

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They're not aggressive at all. You have to corner one and poke at it to see it get snappy.

Otherwise they just want to get away.

 

In the water they ignore you if you leave them alone. 

I have snorkeled with them on numerous occasions. Often right near crowded swimming beaches. They're walking along the bottom with people swimming over the top of them all day. I've seen them come up for air in the middle of the roped off swimming area and 40 people swimming in there never noticed. 

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The only time snapping turtles worry me is when I’m wading and then my only concern is stepping right on top of one thinking it’s a rock.. still doubt it would do anything other than try to get away.


Ive never once heard of anyone getting chomped by one.. ever.

 

That said, they still freak me out.

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54 mins ago, SkunkLuvver said:

The only time snapping turtles worry me is when I’m wading and then my only concern is stepping right on top of one thinking it’s a rock.. still doubt it would do anything other than try to get away.


Ive never once heard of anyone getting chomped by one.. ever.

 

That said, they still freak me out.

People get chomped. Usually the situation you just described.

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Never had one take a swipe at me that I didn't deserve, though like already said I can't help but think about accidentally stepping on one while wading.  Like almost all animals they're more afraid of us than we are of them.

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Years ago I wore wading boots with shiny D rings in the back. Don’t even recall the brand.  I was fly fishing the Nashoba brook in Acton, before they ruined it, when a snapping turtle tried to grab the boot ring as I’m standing in two feet of water.  I’m pretty sure the turtle was as surprised as I was.  Forgot about that incident till seeing this thread.  I miss what that place once was.

 

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On 7/18/2021 at 4:56 PM, Running Ape said:

So while tubing a western mass river, I drifted over a good sized snapping turtle  in an eddy 24” deep. It did nothing, other than continue walking.  Are they less aggressive in the water? On land I’m sure I would have been bitten at that distance.

A number of years ago, I took my daughter to the river walk bridge behind the Shaws in Waltham to throw bread to the ducks/geese. So we started throwing the bread and the ducks were enjoyed their free meals. A  pretty large snapping turtle snuck up on one of the ducks and grabbed it's foot, pulling it under the water. The duck did get away and flew out of there pretty fast. But I actually think the turtle just wanted some of the bread (started eating the bread)

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37 mins ago, JohnDe said:

Years ago I wore wading boots with shiny D rings in the back. Don’t even recall the brand.  I was fly fishing the Nashoba brook in Acton, before they ruined it, when a snapping turtle tried to grab the boot ring as I’m standing in two feet of water.  I’m pretty sure the turtle was as surprised as I was.  Forgot about that incident till seeing this thread.  I miss what that place once was.

 

Oh man, nashoba brook! I fished that place hard in the 80s and 90s. Still visit occasionally but I frigging hate bike trails with a passion. 

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23 mins ago, albacized said:

A number of years ago, I took my daughter to the river walk bridge behind the Shaws in Waltham to throw bread to the ducks/geese. So we started throwing the bread and the ducks were enjoyed their free meals. A  pretty large snapping turtle snuck up on one of the ducks and grabbed it's foot, pulling it under the water. The duck did get away and flew out of there pretty fast. But I actually think the turtle just wanted some of the bread (started eating the bread)

Snappers get real tame and aggressive around places where they feed ducks. They're like alligators that are fed by tourists in the south. 

They learn to rush over to people and quickly grab whatever splashes the surface. 

I can easily see a snapper grabbing a hand by accident in a case like that. 

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Once I was duck hunting on Sudbury River and that one mallard fell into the lily pads on the other side of the river.
Before I could get to it, there was some commotion nearby and, a few seconds later, the duck got pulled down under the water, never to be seen again.

I'm pretty sure it was very dead by then.

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