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How would you help a snapping turtle cross the road?

Several years ago, I helped two men move a large turtle about 1,000 feet to a stream. They had been driving by and saw the turtle on the road, and saw me in my driveway. I got a hand-truck and a ...
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How would you help a snapping turtle cross the road?

I've actually driven up to a very large (more than 1 foot across) snapping turtle. While it may not be the answer you want, you simply don't. Things I've tried: This is based on actual experience. ...
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How would a sea turtle end up on its back?

There are a few possibilities: Other Turtles This site about pet turtles mentions the possibility that turtles fighting over a mate (or actually mating) may end up on their backs. When breeding ...
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How would you help a snapping turtle cross the road?

I know this question has been protected, but since I was invited in a comment to post an answer, especially about things that we shouldn't do, I'm going to add this. There is some great, as well as ...
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How would you help a snapping turtle cross the road?

The best way would be to get a thick stick of suitable length and let the snapper bite it. He likely will be stubborn enough to hang on while you drag him where you want him to go. When he is there, ...
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Why should lights be turned off on beaches where turtles breed?

The Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) gives two reasons for keeping beaches dark at night when sea turtles are laying or hatching. The first reason the STC gives is that a nesting turtle likes quiet, dark ...
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What breed is this very large, black, turtle/tortoise found in the Northeast United States?

Based on this list of turtles in Massachusetts, and this one as well as the pointed nose and the jagged back shell, I am going to say that this is a common snapping turtle. For more information I ...
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What breed is this very large, black, turtle/tortoise found in the Northeast United States?

This is a common snapping turtle. It's not a tortoise. The biggest difference is that turtles are aquatic, spending most of their time in the water, while tortoises live on land. As for your other ...
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How would a sea turtle end up on its back?

In addition to the reasons given in @John Hughes answer, Predators may be another cause. This SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment page on the longevity and causes of death of sea turtles lists tiger ...
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How to secure wild Red Eared turtle eggs from predators?

There are a number of considerations here, so getting educated is the first step in responding to the Red Eared sliders. There could be positive and negative effects. Contact your local conservation ...
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How would you help a snapping turtle cross the road?

Even though I have a relatively small car, I keep long handled snow brush like the one pictured below in my car all year round. The brush end can twist to make it more like a push broom. I've shooed ...
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Are these tracks in the mud tortoise/turtle tracks?

This does look like some sort of turtle. Snapping turtles can easily get to the size you mention, and are fairly common. The picture doesn't give the impression the tracks are really 10 inches apart....
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How would you help a snapping turtle cross the road?

I've done this once with a medium sized turtle - it was probably about 18+ inches in diameter, and I guess 40 or so pounds. I took a sweatshirt from the trunk, threw it over the turtle's rear end, and ...
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How to secure wild Red Eared turtle eggs from predators?

My research has shown that a common technique used to protect turtle nest to build a nest cage over the nest. A nest cage is basically just a wire/mesh cage without a bottom/floor that will prevent ...
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Could this year's unusual warmth harm turtles?

An early thaw can definitely be dangerous to some of the many varieties of painted turtles. However, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, you only have one breed of painted, which is the ...
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Could this year's unusual warmth harm turtles?

It looks like it can be harmful for the turtles. Even the healthiest turtle may come out of hibernation too soon and be caught above ground by a spring snowstorm and perish. Many wild box turtles are ...
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How would you help a snapping turtle cross the road?

I would use a shovel. Just pick it up gently and set him/her down on the other side.
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