Wildlife Ways
Vicky Carder

On The Move

Posted Saturday, October 26, 2013, at 11:41 AM
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  • That was a healthy turtle, except for the cracked shell of course. Are shell repair efforts usually successful?

    Does it work for any turtle?

    Of course, I want to ask how, but maybe it is something we should not attempt ourselves?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Oct 26, 2013, at 8:26 PM
  • I was told a snapping turtle only let's go of you when it thunders....I'm sure that was an old tale...When I was a kid there was a giant alligator snapper in Mrs Gunters pond out Union, there before Fairlane....the pond is still there beside the church...we caught it fishing a couple times...We sure were scared to swim in her pond because of it,but did anyway...we would reassure each other that it would drown, if it bit you under water....of course we also thought ole' Mrs. Gunter had rock salt in her shotgun also, and you better not get caught in her field, or her pond for that matter....I'm sure a terrapin or box turtle can take a chunk out of yah too!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sat, Oct 26, 2013, at 10:51 PM
  • Rock salt probably would have been real and a snapper can hold its breath a lot longer than us, although I have never heard of one drowning a human.

    I have seen what it can do to fingers, toes and fish, so I respect their abilities. In younger days, I have eaten them, but these days I am content to live and let live.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Oct 27, 2013, at 11:03 AM
  • Is there a safe way to pick up turtles? I have seen them crossing the road and have not stopped... Becuz I don't know much about turtles and don't want to be bitten.

    -- Posted by haybar on Sun, Oct 27, 2013, at 7:49 PM
  • Turtle shell repair is quite successful - when done by someone with knowledge and experience. It is usually done with a fiberglass compound. The biggest trick is making sure the skin underneath is healed and the turtle has no infection. So I always used an experienced veterinarian.

    -- Posted by wildwoman on Mon, Oct 28, 2013, at 7:21 AM
  • You are most successful in turtle-moving if you know what kind of turtle it is. Box turtles (recognized by the colors on the skin and shell - see pic) are relatively safe. They can bite but generally prefer to retract into their shell. Grasp the turtle over the top and around the shell, supporting it on the bottom with the other hand.

    Snapping turtles are basically a mud-green color all over. I can't really recommend touching these unless you know what you are doing. If you have something handy, push the turtle across the road. Avoid the head/neck area. We think of turtles as being slow, but snapping turtles can whip their heads around really fast.

    The only other common turtles here are sliders. These are the turtles that you see in water or on nearby rocky areas basking in the sun. It would be uncommon to see one on the road. Typically these turtles are afraid and won't bite you.

    -- Posted by wildwoman on Mon, Oct 28, 2013, at 7:30 AM
  • Pet Peeve!

    I used to get lots of phone calls from business and corporate companies. The company had built a pond/fountain around their building for landscaping purposes. They never realized that these were excellent areas for snapping turtles and Canadian Geese. They often demanded that we come and remove them, usually for free!

    We didn't have the staffing or funding for such an undertaking so we referred them to humane trappers.

    It seems logical to me that if you build something that resembles a natural setting, you should expect nature to arrive!

    -- Posted by wildwoman on Mon, Oct 28, 2013, at 7:34 AM
  • Question, I have a lil gray bunny who visits at night... I bought regular pet bunny pellets and treats... What do wild bunnies eat? Lettuce... ?

    -- Posted by haybar on Wed, Nov 27, 2013, at 12:33 PM
  • hi, haybar!

    It is difficult to get wild bunnies to eat food we can provide - if you use lettuce - it would need to be leaf or Romaine.

    You might try apple slices instead. :)

    -- Posted by wildwoman on Sat, Nov 30, 2013, at 4:25 PM
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