To speak of snapping turtles as primarily vegetarian may be overstating the case somewhat. Young animals tend to be primarily carnivorous. Adults become much more omnivorous - with plant material constituting a significant portion of their diet. Snappers seem to eat whatever they can catch and swallow. Stephen Living Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries Wildlife Diversity Division Watchable Wildlife Biologist 3909 Airline Blvd. Chesapeake, VA 23321 cell:757.409.2725 fax:757.465.6843 stephen.living@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx >>> <heron329@xxxxxxx> 9/8/2006 3:39 PM >>> Snappers are primarily vegetarian? I have seen them clear a whole pond of ducklings by grasping the feet and pulling them under. The also eat fish. Why would they need such powerful jaws if they were primarily vegetarian? Margaret O'Bryan -----Original Message----- From: WEalding@xxxxxxx To: va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Fri, 8 Sep 2006 9:59 AM Subject: [va-bird] Canada Goose and Snapping Turtle Thanks to all of you who responded to my post about the Snapping Turtle feeding on the Canada Goose carcass. We rechecked the area this morning and saw no sign of the remnants; they could have drifted off in the current from the feeder stream or just sunk. The majority opinion was that the turtle was scavenging, and that snappers are primarily vegetarian. Interestingly, we met a neighbor this morning who told us that her husband had seen a snapper attempting to drown an adult duck in the same location. He beat on the turtle with an oar and the duck managed to get away, although she didn't know the outcome. Wendy Ealding Chesterfield County ________________________________________________________________________ Check out AOL.com today. Breaking news, video search, pictures, email and IM. All on demand. Always Free. You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.