Giant snapping turtle acts just like a dog

tanktheturtlePublished: May 26, 2017Updated: May 30, 201735,120 views
Published: May 26, 2017Updated: May 30, 2017

Tank has been in the family for about 8 years now. He interacts with them and is involved in many things. Being a 37 pound male common snapping makes him a big turtle. Tank takes life in stride and is easy going. He see no reason to bite anyone and doesn't. Whether it's sunning outside or cuddling on the couch he is docile and friendly. Tank is an educational turtle that visits many schools and organizations during the year. Life is good for the big man-turtle!

Did anyone other than the man in this video know that a snapping turtle this big can be so tamed? That's awesome! Although he looks quite scary, he is the most chilled out turtle that you'll see! But not all of them are like that. You can't be going out into the wild and engage one of these guys, as the wild ones are pretty dangerous. Be careful or you might lose a finger.

Are you as much of a fan of this turtle as the man in this video? Looks like they have a bond which cannot be broken. This turtle loves this man and this man definitely loves this turtle.

Check out this dog-like turtle!

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    DavidMcNab · 1 year ago

    That turtle is such a character!

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    einsteinparrot · 1 year ago

    He is amazing!

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    Antonia25 · 1 year ago

    Be careful. A snapper that size has tremendous power in their jaw. It only takes once.

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      tanktheturtle · 1 year ago

      Thank you for your concern. I've been working with Tank for the last 7.5 years. I haven't lost sight of his abilities but I'm willing to take the risk as you can see Tank has no concerns about me. His attitude is the same in or out of the water. We are face-to-face every day, many days multiple times. I've made a study of Tank's body language and facial queues. I've been bitten 5 times and no injuries occurred. These were feeding accidents, Tank released me the moment he realized he had me.

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    SMB · 1 year ago

    Have you made provisions for Tank if something happens to you? I know there are some who would think nothing of making turtle soup out of him. I understand that turtles can live a very long time. He is adorable btw. :)

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      tanktheturtle · 1 year ago

      My son is close to Tank and says he will care for him after I die. I hope to get another 20 years with Tank. Money is provided for him in my will.

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        SMB · 1 year ago

        That is great news. Sounds like Tank is in good hands. :)

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    confused_individual · 1 year ago

    Snapping turtles take almost no time to become tame and even friendly. Once they're big enough nothing in their home environment bothers them, so after they discover you're not a threat they're chill. And they're not stupid about that. I have occasionally rehabilitated road-injured ones, and uninjured ones that show up in "inappropriate" places. Apart from a few snaps when first picked up, they're no problem. At home, they'd sometimes step on my lap to watch TV from a better angle. In the yard, I was lying on the grass and the turtle decided the only direction (s)he couldn't see to the horizon was the other side of me, so it climbed over me, hung out for about 15 minutes, then decided the only obstructed direction . . . I don't recommend eating them. A big one might be 50, 70, ?? years old, and top predator in its pond or river. That's a lot of accumulated toxins, even if that body of water is currently "clean." 50 years ago maybe it wasn't, or maybe the turtle wandered in from someplace after it got so polluted there were no more fish. Along the Concord River (Massachusetts) their shells have different shiny colors, depending on what factories and associated heavy metals are or were in their home range. People in the know (not me, sorry) can tell you what town, superfund site, whatever. Thanks for posting that. Nostalgia.