Snapping Turtles Spotted on Lakewood Roads; Use Extreme Caution (Video)

snapping turtle picSnapping turtles have been spotted on Lakewood roads in recent days and parents are urged to warn their children about approaching the dangerous reptile.

The turtle, which can grow up to about 18 inches and 35 pounds, was seen walking on Ridge Avenue near the Ocean County Park, as well as on Route 9 near the Lake.

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

snappingAccording 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, phone Lakewood’s Animal Control department. [TLS]

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13 COMMENTS

  1. I wonder what Animal Control would do about a turtle if they are not allowed to harm a bear that was seen on North Lake Drive.

  2. If I would be in charge of animal control, then you will see them all over Lakewood. And not only that, you won’t even see a turtle and your kids won’t either see them or catch them!!!!

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