Originally Posted by rayzorsan
I can't tell from the picture which it is, but unless you like watching a turtle tear apart fish with its claws I would recommend a different pet.
Their bites can be nasty towards people too.
Difference is their shell and some other things. Picture for reference.
😁 I have to admit- I love watching predatory animals tear apart their prey. I honestly don't have the intention of keeping this little girl as a "pet" in any of my in home aquariums. I have a soft spot for her now, though, so she may have a permanent home with me in my ponds.
Originally Posted by evansbradley
I kept a baby like that for a few months. They can grow quite large over time. The record weight is 300+ pounds, but they usually average between 35 and 150 pounds. Personally, I think they're really cool. I let mine go because in the long run I wouldn't be able to provide the proper care for it. Unfortunately, it's probably best to let it go. Let nature take its course.
😉 I'm pretty lucky and I feel blessed to have the pond space, heated and unheated, to provide a home for a large snapper. My research in aquaponic farming, experience through my position at a local trout hatchery and my volunteer work with DEP rescue and rehabilitation has set me up with the resources to care for her as well... Not to mention letting her go where I found her would mean putting her back in my 500g pond 😉
Originally Posted by Coursair
The OP isn't looking for a Snapper as a pet. The saw a baby at their pond and are trying to ID it.
And it is usually highly ILLEGAL to release an animal into the wild once its been in captivity over a certain length of time. At least without permission from Fish and Game. Because your "pet" may introduce pathogens or disease that the local population has no resistance to. And unless you release it exactly back where it came from that can be bad as well.
This may no longer be the case, but it was the rule when I was managing a reptile store. If Im wrong I apologize.
This is more so the case than ever before. I have, as you know now, been working with fish and game and there are very strict guidelines on most wildlife and turtles in particular are heavily regulated in many states because of salmonella cases that stemmed from "quarter turtles" in the past.
Luckily these ponds are research ponds that I continue to maintain for rescue and research groups. I got the go ahead to keep her, regardless of whether she is an alligator or not, on my premises, so long as I keep her contained to my ponds using fencing as she is under the care of a state university biology major and herp expert to determine exactly what type of snapper she is. After that I will remain under the advisement of the university's biology department (if it's an alligator I will be getting occasional visits by the DEP and fish and game) because she is going to remain with me. I have been given the thumbs up on keeping her as I have proper housing and training to care for a large snapper and I have plenty of space to stock sunfish in my natural pond. I named her ginger snaps. She's going to raised as wild as possible.
what am I doing?