A Nice Pet Snapping Turtle

Snapping turtles have a reputation for being ornery; but check out this 40-pounder having a cozy time with his owner. The turtle is, in short, a pet. And far from biting your fingers off, he likes getting petted.

I’ve always found snappers among the easiest turtles to tame. Although they are water turtles, they’re pretty much at home on land, too. So you can let them stroll around.

The point is: almost all animals respond to love, gentleness, and affection. Even some of the animals that you look at and say, “Oh, no way!”

This is an aspect of God’s creation–a distinguishing mark of His handiwork.

We call it love.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

6 responses to “A Nice Pet Snapping Turtle

  • thewhiterabbit2016

    Buddy-Boy reminds me of the tortoise that out raced the hare.

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  • UnKnowable

    What a great video. He is obviously very much a pet.

    Years ago, while visiting the Midwest, I caught a snapping turtle about half that size. I keep him for a few hours in order to show him to some friends, then I walked over to the lake across the street and released him.

    The water was crystal clear and I could watch it’s every move. As soon as it hit the water, it swam a good 20 – 30 feet away, quite rapidly, then turned back and gave me the dirtiest look I’ve ever seen a reptile give, before diving deep and swimming out of sight.

    “Almost all animals respond to love, gentleness, and affection. Even some of the animals that you look at and say, “Oh, no way!”

    This is an aspect of God’s creation–a distinguishing mark of His handiwork.

    We call it love.”

    God is love, and love seems to be a part of his creations. I recently heard that rattlesnakes, whom tend to winter in huge snake pits, will bask with the snakes that are siblings. Now there are few things as behaviorally simple as a snake, but even these very simple animals apparently have a sense of family.

    I know that I love my cat, and obviously she is very attached to me. Occasionally, she will be playing with one of her cat toys and I’ll get down on the floor and join in. Immediately, she begins to purr profusely and obviously enjoys my company. It makes me feel quite good that I can contribute to her happiness.

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  • Linda Sorci

    This is so sweet. People can make all the difference in how an animal reacts to u. Show love and they will most likely show it back 🙂

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