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Posted: 4/19/2016 11:37:51 PM EDT
My son found it in the lake, so apparently some sort of aquatic possum. He's slow moving and seemingly quite shy but will occasionally crane his neck around and open his mouth in a somewhat threatening manner. Any guesses?





...and for scale.

Link Posted: 4/19/2016 11:39:57 PM EDT
The snapping variety.
Link Posted: 4/19/2016 11:41:39 PM EDT
Needs moar toxic ooze
Link Posted: 4/19/2016 11:41:46 PM EDT
Elchupacabra.
Link Posted: 4/19/2016 11:42:25 PM EDT
Gamera. You are toast. Crispy toast.
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That would be my guess.

Not a critter I'd want around the house, to be honest.
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That would be my guess.

Not a critter I'd want around the house, to be honest.


It's an inch long. What's he going to do, eat everyone?
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That would be my guess.

Not a critter I'd want around the house, to be honest.


It's an inch long. What's he going to do, eat everyone?



No, just a finger tip or two.

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That would be my guess.

Not a critter I'd want around the house, to be honest.


It's an inch long. What's he going to do, eat everyone?



Yes, while you sleep.

Maybe not today, but he is in planning mode.
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That would be my guess.

Not a critter I'd want around the house, to be honest.


It's an inch long. What's he going to do, eat everyone?





Fucking seriously.

Ban the snapping turtles. No matter what the size
Link Posted: 4/19/2016 11:54:03 PM EDT
Looks like a baby snapping turtle.
Link Posted: 4/19/2016 11:56:58 PM EDT
Nah, not a snappy.  Snappers have tails. A little snapper (granted, 10X the size of OP's) fell into our neighbor's pool.  Whiny neighbors asked Dad to fish it out because they was skeerd, and I had a new pet for about a month before Mom made me get rid of it.  I fed him chunks of hot dog and crickets I'd catch.

That looks a little like a slider, but I'm not a turtleologist.  Try feeding him small insects and bugs.  Catch some water bugs or tadpoles, that's probably what he eats at that size.

eta: snappy jr (not my pic):
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Nah, not a snappy.  A little snapper (granted, 10X the size of OP's) fell into our neighbor's pool.  Whiny neighbors asked Dad to fish it out because the was skeerd, and I had a new pet for about a month before Mom made me get rid of it.  I fed him chunks of hot dog and crickets I'd catch.

That looks a little like a slider, but I'm not a turtleologist.  Try feeding him small insects and bugs.  Catch some water bugs or tadpoles, that's probably what he eats at that size.

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It's a baby common snapper. The one in your pic is an alligator snapping turtle.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:00:04 AM EDT
looks like a florida yellow belly...cooter or stinkpot

need bottom up shot , neck extension to proceed with amateur assessment
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Nah, not a snappy.  A little snapper (granted, 10X the size of OP's) fell into our neighbor's pool.  Whiny neighbors asked Dad to fish it out because the was skeerd, and I had a new pet for about a month before Mom made me get rid of it.  I fed him chunks of hot dog and crickets I'd catch.

That looks a little like a slider, but I'm not a turtleologist.  Try feeding him small insects and bugs.  Catch some water bugs or tadpoles, that's probably what he eats at that size.

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http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/images14/BabySnappingTurtle.JPG


It's a baby common snapper. The one in your pic is an alligator snapping turtle.


Maybe he identifies as a slider? Did you ask him?


eta - the googlemasteroverlord disagrees with you.  No tail, and no hook on the snout.  Not a snapper.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:03:33 AM EDT
Not a snapper...its a musk turtle
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:03:38 AM EDT
Keep it, name it jaws, let it grow big and strong then feed him chunks of meat then gradually goldfish.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:05:15 AM EDT
Shoot!!  Get an aquarium.... put a big rock in the middle....  some fake weeds....  and water to the level about half way up the rock....  

Then, raise him from a pup!!
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:06:06 AM EDT
My guess is a common musk or stinkpot. Take a picture of the belly and rear and I can tell you for sure. You planning on keeping it?  If so, you'd better get a good UVB bulb to help its early development.
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Nah, not a snappy.  Snappers have tails. A little snapper (granted, 10X the size of OP's) fell into our neighbor's pool.  Whiny neighbors asked Dad to fish it out because they was skeerd, and I had a new pet for about a month before Mom made me get rid of it.  I fed him chunks of hot dog and crickets I'd catch.

That looks a little like a slider, but I'm not a turtleologist.  Try feeding him small insects and bugs.  Catch some water bugs or tadpoles, that's probably what he eats at that size.

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That's an alligator snapping turtle in your picture.  When I see those I head the other way.  I'd take a water mocassin bite before I'd take a bite from one of those SOBs.  


Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:07:54 AM EDT
It's a salmonella lozenge
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:08:16 AM EDT
It's one of the various mud turtle types.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:09:04 AM EDT
Painted possum.
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That would be my guess.

Not a critter I'd want around the house, to be honest.


It's an inch long. What's he going to do, eat everyone?


Lake Arfcom!


Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:11:23 AM EDT
some turkles need to dry their shell out OP...so hopefully turtle has a rock under a sun lamp if necessary

good luck!
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That looks a little like a slider, but I'm not a turtleologist.  Try feeding him small insects and bugs.  Catch some water bugs or tadpoles, that's probably what he eats at that size.

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http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/images14/BabySnappingTurtle.JPG


It's a baby common snapper. The one in your pic is an alligator snapping turtle.


Maybe he identifies as a slider? Did you ask him?


eta - the googlemasteroverlord disagrees with you.  No tail, and no hook on the snout.  Not a snapper.


It's got a long, tapered tail and the hooked beak.

Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:13:37 AM EDT
I can't see a picture of a turtle without hearing my grandfather's voice, "Boy, get away from that thing!  If he latches onto ya, he won't let go til it thunders!"
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That would be my guess.

Not a critter I'd want around the house, to be honest.


It's not a snapper, they look more like snappers at that age nand the prominent serrations on the rear of the shell aren't to be seen.  I'm gonna go with maybe a redear as this creek running hillbilly's SWAG.
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Not a critter I'd want around the house, to be honest.




It's an inch long. What's he going to do, eat everyone?
one small bite at a time



 
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That would be my guess.

Not a critter I'd want around the house, to be honest.


It's an inch long. What's he going to do, eat everyone?


Next thread will be: wife and kids are gone, now I'm ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!



dibs on your stuff.
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Nah, not a snappy.  A little snapper (granted, 10X the size of OP's) fell into our neighbor's pool.  Whiny neighbors asked Dad to fish it out because the was skeerd, and I had a new pet for about a month before Mom made me get rid of it.  I fed him chunks of hot dog and crickets I'd catch.

That looks a little like a slider, but I'm not a turtleologist.  Try feeding him small insects and bugs.  Catch some water bugs or tadpoles, that's probably what he eats at that size.

eta: snappy jr (not my pic):
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/images14/BabySnappingTurtle.JPG


It's a baby common snapper. The one in your pic is an alligator snapping turtle.


Maybe he identifies as a slider? Did you ask him?


eta - the googlemasteroverlord disagrees with you.  No tail, and no hook on the snout.  Not a snapper.


It's got a long, tapered tail and the hooked beak.


You forgot to staple on the accessory pack.  Check in the under side compartment.  Sometimes it's sealed up, watertight.
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That would be my guess.

Not a critter I'd want around the house, to be honest.


It's not a snapper, they look more like snappers at that age.  I'm gonna go with maybe a redear as this creek running hillbilly's SWAG.


I'd be the first to admit that I don't much about turtles...I always just assume the worst case scenario and work from there.

I hate to be a Negative Nancy here, but is taking wildlife for pets legal in your area, OP?

It isn't in mine, that's for damn sure.

Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:24:40 AM EDT
here he is boss. deader than hell but won't let go.
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Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:31:23 AM EDT
Here you can see the tip of the tail. He keeps it mostly tucked under his leg unless he's on the move, then it's well over half as long as his body.

Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:35:14 AM EDT
Its an Eastern Musk Turtle.  I've eaten a few of those.
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This.  It's NOT a snapping turtle, but size for size it has a nastier bite than a snapper!
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Bingo.

AKA three striped mud turtle.

AKA three striped mud turtle.
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Not a critter I'd want around the house, to be honest.


El oh fucking el
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:44:55 AM EDT
He looks like he was recently hatched, from the slim in the first few pictures.
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Bingo.

AKA three striped mud turtle.

AKA three striped mud turtle.
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Bingo.

AKA three striped mud turtle.

AKA three striped mud turtle.


OP is in Kentucky, not the deep South.  He has a musk turtle.  They're native to KY.



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El oh fucking el
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Not a critter I'd want around the house, to be honest.


El oh fucking el



So, you'd keep a snapper as a pet?

They don't stay an inch long forever, ya know.

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OP is in Kentucky, not the deep South.  He has a musk turtle.  They're native to KY.

http://www.herprman.com/wp-content/gallery/musk-turtle-juveniles/musk.hatchling.lo_.JPG

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Bingo.

AKA three striped mud turtle.

AKA three striped mud turtle.


OP is in Kentucky, not the deep South.  He has a musk turtle.  They're native to KY.

http://www.herprman.com/wp-content/gallery/musk-turtle-juveniles/musk.hatchling.lo_.JPG



Interesting.

I didn't know there was a difference.

They certainly are cute lil fuckers

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El oh fucking el


So, you'd keep a snapper as a pet?

They don't stay an inch long forever, ya know.



Sure, I had many as a kid and I still have all my fingers and toes.
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Nah, not a snappy.  A little snapper (granted, 10X the size of OP's) fell into our neighbor's pool.  Whiny neighbors asked Dad to fish it out because the was skeerd, and I had a new pet for about a month before Mom made me get rid of it.  I fed him chunks of hot dog and crickets I'd catch.

That looks a little like a slider, but I'm not a turtleologist.  Try feeding him small insects and bugs.  Catch some water bugs or tadpoles, that's probably what he eats at that size.

eta: snappy jr (not my pic):
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/images14/BabySnappingTurtle.JPG


It's a baby common snapper. The one in your pic is an alligator snapping turtle.

Yeah, the alligator snapping turtles are fully armored and have long tails as babies, which get shorter and fatter as they get older.

They look like miniaturized versions of the real thing, they're pretty cool. And when they're babies is the only time you're not afraid to mess with them.
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Yeah, the alligator snapping turtles are fully armored and have long tails as babies, which get shorter and fatter as they get older.

They look like miniaturized versions of the real thing, they're pretty cool. And when they're babies is the only time you're not afraid to mess with them.
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Nah, not a snappy.  A little snapper (granted, 10X the size of OP's) fell into our neighbor's pool.  Whiny neighbors asked Dad to fish it out because the was skeerd, and I had a new pet for about a month before Mom made me get rid of it.  I fed him chunks of hot dog and crickets I'd catch.

That looks a little like a slider, but I'm not a turtleologist.  Try feeding him small insects and bugs.  Catch some water bugs or tadpoles, that's probably what he eats at that size.

eta: snappy jr (not my pic):
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/images14/BabySnappingTurtle.JPG


It's a baby common snapper. The one in your pic is an alligator snapping turtle.

Yeah, the alligator snapping turtles are fully armored and have long tails as babies, which get shorter and fatter as they get older.

They look like miniaturized versions of the real thing, they're pretty cool. And when they're babies is the only time you're not afraid to mess with them.



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Sure, I had many as a kid and I still have all my fingers and toes.
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That would be my guess.

Not a critter I'd want around the house, to be honest.


El oh fucking el


So, you'd keep a snapper as a pet?

They don't stay an inch long forever, ya know.



Sure, I had many as a kid and I still have all my fingers and toes.


You're a braver man than me, then.

I want nothing to do with those things, venomous snakes and spiders, gators, giant hybrid snakes, and all the other assorted nasty critters you got down there.

Nuh-uh. I'm sticking with mountain lions, bears and Samsquatches.




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They don't stay an inch long forever, ya know.

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Sure, I had many as a kid and I still have all my fingers and toes.

ETA, odds are good this little guy is still living in my pond somewhere... planning his final attack.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 1:01:58 AM EDT
I had a baby snapper as a kid. Brought him home from fishing and decided to keep him and give him a friend to play with. I put him in the aquarium with Tommy the frog.

Unfortunately Tommy was not armed and lost the vote on what was for dinner.
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Nah, not a snappy.  A little snapper (granted, 10X the size of OP's) fell into our neighbor's pool.  Whiny neighbors asked Dad to fish it out because the was skeerd, and I had a new pet for about a month before Mom made me get rid of it.  I fed him chunks of hot dog and crickets I'd catch.

That looks a little like a slider, but I'm not a turtleologist.  Try feeding him small insects and bugs.  Catch some water bugs or tadpoles, that's probably what he eats at that size.

eta: snappy jr (not my pic):
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/images14/BabySnappingTurtle.JPG


It's a baby common snapper. The one in your pic is an alligator snapping turtle.

Yeah, the alligator snapping turtles are fully armored and have long tails as babies, which get shorter and fatter as they get older.

They look like miniaturized versions of the real thing, they're pretty cool. And when they're babies is the only time you're not afraid to mess with them.



https://youtu.be/BRrWiW1o19E

They used to have them in Lake Alice at UF, I just can't get over how they look.

Even an alligator does not looks fucking scary like that thing.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 1:08:40 AM EDT
We have a lot of Snapping Turtles in my neck of the woods.  I don't fuck with them.  I don't think we have Alligator Snappers on Central FL.
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