PHOTOS: This snapping turtle was found near a Lakewood school; Parents: Advise your children to stay away from them

The pictured snapping turtle was spotted near a Lakewood school today, but luckily it was removed before any children could attempt to engage it.

The snapping turtle can grow up to about 18 inches and 35 pounds.

Children should be made aware that these reptiles when feeling threatened can become extremely aggressive and cause severe bodily harm. (Watch the TLS video below from 2011).

According to Wikipedia, “Lifting the turtle with the hands is difficult and dangerous. Snappers can stretch their necks back across their own carapace and to their hind feet on either side to bite. Also, their claws are sharp and capable of inflicting significant lacerations.”

If you spot the creature, keep children away from it and phone police.

(Video below from our archives shows a snapping turtle in action)

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Good on you for catching that guy and keeping kids away. They can really do damage, especially to little fingers and toes.

    • You are mistaken, but are in good company because it can be confusing!
      There are a number of reasons why turtles – even sea turtles! – are classified as reptiles rather than amphibians. Check it out.

  2. There was a big sale on these turtles at the local pet shop, but all the turtles were already snapped up by the time I got there.

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