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The Township of Pine Municipal staff had an interesting visitor on Friday afternoon…a snapping turtle.
After doing some research on these creatures we thought it might be smart to let our community know some facts about snapping turtles.
May and June are the time of year female snapping turtles emerge from nearby waterways, similar to the lake in Pine Community Park, near the Community Center, to lay their eggs. Though this is not common, the turtles have been spotted along the lake and near the Pavilions. However, to spot one across the street at the Municipal Building was new. The turtle eventually made its way back to the park setting Friday evening.
Whether you think they are cute or not, this kind of turtle can be dangerous. Conservationists warn people not to touch a snapping turtle if you see one.
“A snapping turtle’s neck can reach well up to halfway its shell, so most people will pick up a turtle from sides. That is not a way to do it because the neck can come back and bite a finger”.
“A snapping turtle can be very dangerous, especially for children, or even an adult for that matter. The best thing to do is let the turtle run its course. Let nature take its course”.
If for some reason you can’t let nature take its course, experts suggest you call 911 and a police officer or conservation officer will come out and move it if necessary.