Bittersweet day today. Three of our snapping turtle babies are going to their adoptive home. It’s a good thing – the new owner has ample facilities for them at maturity and is a very experienced reptile keeper. This will leave ACS with two snapping turtles, which is a more manageable number. But I’ve had these guys since they were freshly hatched, and I’ve grown quite attached. Happy tails, little ones.



I saw these two common snapping turtles doing… something? I’m actually not sure if it was mating or fighting, because it looked like both? It was pretty brutal. One tore a piece of skin from the other’s neck. One looked like it was trying to mount the other, too. But after a while they just swam two different ways and that was it?

@the-awkward-turt @why-animals-do-the-thing I feel like either of you would know? Either way it was still amazing to see, and I’m glad to know there’s a population of snappers in my neighborhood.

@wxngedarcher That’s such a cool thing to see! Although snapper mating can be pretty violent this looks like two males engaging in a territorial fight. It’s hard to tell though, from this distance and in the muddy water you can’t easily tell male from female. But the intensity of this fight and the fact that they both seem to be aggressors (and attempting to mount does not seem to be the primary objective) makes me lean towards a male-male fight.

Either way it’s awesome that you were able to film it!

WIld animals being wild animals, incredible footage of two snapping turtles 

I wanted to give you an update on Gamagorath. He is doing very well! He’s a smart little guy (except he’s growing fast!) he’s a very fast swimmer too.
Sadly we couldn’t get him healthy before winter came here. But he is doing alright now. When spring comes, we’ll look into getting him into a program of some kind but honestly I think that it might be best if we became his forever home. He will always be loved and fed here. And I’ve already started looking into giant aquariums for when he is an adult!
Wishing all the tort lovers and turts and torts a very happy new year!

YAY! We LOVE updates and we love happy beginnings! It’s so amazing that you are keeping his best interest at heart, looking for programs while also planning for the reality of his future with you.   What a little explorer! Have you found quality care info for diet etc?? 

Please keep us updated and a big happy new year to you and Gamagorath! 

@his-ladyship-thefangirl replied to your photo: “Meet Gamagorath! My boyfriend and i rescued him from an idiot who…”:

Thank you all so much. Just an update, he’s doing well. I’ve been feeding him tiny shrimp and he loves them! Also he’s eating the baby turtle pellets I got, so he’s getting plenty of calcium now as well as protein. I moved him to a larger tub, and I am getting him into a proper tank this weekend. That way he can really swim around and grow big and strong before we release him. I’m also going to try and find a vet in the area. I have contacted a wildlife shelter to see what they say.

yay! So glad to hear it. please keep us updated 😀