What should i do with em??

Discussion in 'Turtle Talk' started by TX Fisherman, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. TX Fisherman

    TX Fisherman New Member

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    i trap turtles in my back yard, and ill keep the snappers, or give them to someone wholl eat em, but i dont know what to do with soft shell and red ear slider turtles? i dont really wanna kill em but i have no where to put em and there to big to sell to pet stores???
     
  2. big-muddy

    big-muddy New Member

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    all i could say is take em down to the creek or pond and let em go.
     

  3. baitchunker

    baitchunker New Member

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    for the allmighty's sake dont start another thread about killin' innocent creatures, you lil' trouble maker. lmao!!

    seriously though i would prolly take them somewhere and turn them loose.
     
  4. postbeetle

    postbeetle New Member

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    Give 'em a kiss on their little forehead, pat 'em on the butt and put 'em back in the water. Snakes don't eat them, might eat their eggs but so do skunks. Now don't kiss the skunks on the forehead or pat them on the butt Tx.
     
  5. wayne1967

    wayne1967 New Member

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    Big soft shells are really good eating also. I'd take the others to a creek and let them go.
     
  6. spoonfish

    spoonfish New Member

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    The soft shells are good to eat also. My dog catchs box turtles that wonder up in the yard all the time. I just carry them back toward the pond and let them go....
     
  7. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    I agree with some of the others, the softshells are really good eating either deep fried or in soup. The others let them go.
     
  8. TX Fisherman

    TX Fisherman New Member

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    well see thats the point, theres a ton of box and red ear sliders in there, and its about the only part of the creek that can support all of them, i figure i just take em to a local pond
     
  9. bud1110

    bud1110 New Member

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    Hey, those softshells are some good eating lil Brother. Turn the rest loose..
     
  10. mbodner

    mbodner New Member

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    leave them alone they are harmless and very friendly
     
  11. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Just curious, but if you have no use for them then why do you trap them? Just let them go. They are part of the ecosystem and killing them for no reason is a waste and abuse of natural resources.
     
  12. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    i used to keep those sliders and box turtles when i was a kid, and now we keep a 'turtle herd' for our girls. they have a kiddie pool with sliders and small softshells, and a little tote with box turtles in it. pretty interesting little animals. the softshells are just as good as the snappers to eat, just a little more catankerous!
     
  13. CatFishingFinatic

    CatFishingFinatic New Member

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    I am no fan of soft shell turtles they are bait robbers and very ugly. Box turtles are harmless and here they don't get real big. They help keep the bug population under control. I guess I was like most kids I kept a box (painted turtle) turtle in the swimming pool when I was a kid too. :wink:
     
  14. kkyyoottee

    kkyyoottee New Member

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    Kevin you sure you arent my kin? Ya on your own on this one!!! Every time I stick up for you I start getting junk mail from PETA. Whats next? Swan stew? Carrier pigeon pie? I think ya need to come to Iowa and let me put ya wondering mind to work. I think I have gotton rid of all the endangered species on my farm so your safe!! Oh and I will hide the magnafying glass before you get here!!
     
  15. CatFishingFinatic

    CatFishingFinatic New Member

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    Oops I just did a search on the slider turtle, that is what we always called a box turtle or a painted turtle. I have actually never seen a box turtle here. :embarassed:
     
  16. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    ya let the red ear and sliders go. why move them? if thats the only place that will support them then they should be left alone. i agree. if ya have no use for them leave em be. moving them may kill em. eat the big softys, yum.
     
  17. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    How big do the soft shells need to be to eat ? I catch some that are usually about 14' across. Is this a average size ? I've ate frogs but didn't care for them, is turtle about the same taste ? I don't kill them but if you unhook them and carry them way up shore and let them go they will run like crazy flipping over rocks like little made man. Somehow they always know what direction to run. Hey at least I don't kill them , lol.
     
  18. TX Fisherman

    TX Fisherman New Member

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    i dont kill em, and i tried keepin a slider? howd yall feed him??? he died cause the minnows i gave him died from the chlorine? he was a little one, bout 8"