This time of year, turtles are everywhere, as the females leave the lakes looking for a nice sandy place to lay their eggs.
Mark found this one near his cottage. David, Sarah and Mike all came over to help relocate the turtle back to the lake -- the direction in which she was heading when she was found.
video that shows you how!
That head can snake around remarkably fast, and the turtle's jaws are well capable of removing a careless finger. Most turtle species are really easy to move -- just pick them up. The snapper is another story. They are quite terrified of people when they are on land, and being unable to retreat inside their shells, they feel very threatened and vulnerable. With their long neck, they can actually reach all the way back to their hind feet, and over the top of their shell well past the mid-point. You probably don't want your hands in that zone... Like any animal put in a position like that, they will try to defend themselves.
|The rescue mission: Dave, Mike and Mark.|
The Muskoka Wildlife Centre has two young snappers... Junior and Sam. Stop in and visit them. They've also got some amazing facts about snappers, you can find at their link here.