|Barked: Thu Jun 10, '10 8:38am PST |
|NO! Snapping turtles can bite of limps of humans! (rather it be fingers and toes or actual parts) I wouldn't risk my dogs flimsy legs in there! or tail. What if he's swimming and the dog kicks the turtle by accident while tredding? Taht turtle will whip around and bite him.
to risky. Here's some info
Snapping turtles are bold and aggressive hunters. Their massive, sharp-edged jaws are good for grasping many different aquatic and semi-aquatic creatures. The common snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina, can be larger than any other species of North American turtle, except the alligator snapping turtle, Marcochelys lacertina. Adult specimens of the alligator snapper can reach a weight of 130 to 140 pounds!
They defend themselves in a manner similar to snakes by "striking" at enemies. The speed at which they strike rivals that of the rattlesnake. So quick is the movement that the eye is barely able to follow it. Backed up by a pair of sharp-edged, cutting mandibles and jaw muscles of tremendous power, a snapping turtle bite may cause serious injury. The amputation of a finger by a medium-sized specimen would be an accomplishment of no difficulty.
These turtles typically lie partially embedded in the mud of the river bottom. In this pose, the rapid movements of the head and neck are important for the capture of fish which form the majority of their food. The snapping turtle has a very broad dinner menu. Young waterfowl are stalked from beneath the surface, seized from below, and pulled down to drown and be eaten. The turtle is carnivorous, and never feeds unless underwater, though, snapping turtles will sometimes grab prey on the bank of a stream and retreat to the water to eat.
yeah, skip the watering hole..
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