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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-24-2014, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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Baby snapper tank mates

I have a baby snapping turtle in a 40 gal tank. I am looking for some tank mates. I added in two snails that seem to be doing fine. I was thinking about trying to add crawfish next. Do any of you have experience with crawfish? Also do you have any ideas on other tank mates for a small snapper?
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And I half expected to see a saltwater tank with a red snapper...been a long week
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I had a baby snapper I raised to about 8inches. snails were a great snack for him....he loved them. he loved fish as well, the bigger he got the fewer fish I had.

I wouldn't suggest any tank mates for a snapper that you don't want to eventually get eaten---except maybe another snapper. even other turtles may suffer eventually.

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a baby snapper will quickly outgrow that 40 and eventually need something much much larger. Also, within a few months they go from placid, to wanting to rip you to shreds.....

I had one for like two years, found it in the middle of suburbia, eventually gave it to someone with some massive 500 gallon rubbermaid pond thing. I wouldn't trust that turtle with another living creature.

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Snappers get big and dangerous. The last one I delt with tried to take off body parts while we captured it in a metal trash can to take to a nearby lake.

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My suggestion for a small tank mate would be a small alligator
Just kidding.
I'm in Louisiana, and they are rarely kept in tanks for pets down here, just dinner.

An alligator is the only animal besides another snapper that could tolerate it if it couldn't eat it. And there have been alligators caught with a nice chunk taken out of it by snappers.
Lose a finger and the novelty will wear off real quick.
Unless it's an observation tank, but I think that would get old after a while.
I don't know of any one who kept them as a pet to their full maturity as they can out live you.

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I can't speak for the common snapping turtle, but I have 2 alligator snapping turtles and they will eat anything. All fish they can catch, snails, shrimp - heck - they even ate up the plants I put in the tank.

Also, they can be aggressive towards each other. I just had to separate mine this past week since one started to bite at the other one.

As others have noted, these guys get huge (my gator snappers will dwarf a common snapper once full grown). Mine are housed in a 72 and 40 tank for now, but they are about 1 1/2 years old and are still small. I've got 13 acres out in the country and these 2 will each have a 1,000 gallon stock tank once they reach maturity. Fascinating turtles for sure (and mean)!!




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I have a baby snapping turtle in a 40 gal tank. I am looking for some tank mates. I added in two snails that seem to be doing fine. I was thinking about trying to add crawfish next. Do any of you have experience with crawfish? Also do you have any ideas on other tank mates for a small snapper?
I would think that a crayfish could actually severe a baby snappers tail, etc .
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My parents had a 55 for 5-10 years set up with two baby snappers and 2 fully grown oscars. The oscars were always much bigger than the turtles. When the fish died (of old age) the turtles were donated to a local zoo. 20 years later, they are now in a 10-20 thousand gallon exhibit with a couple of crocodiles.
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My parents had a 55 for 5-10 years set up with two baby snappers and 2 fully grown oscars. The oscars were always much bigger than the turtles. When the fish died (of old age) the turtles were donated to a local zoo. 20 years later, they are now in a 10-20 thousand gallon exhibit with a couple of crocodiles.

Oh how neat .

Was it the Bronx zoo in NY ?

I was there years ago and they had BIG snappers in a big enclosure with gators and the guy feeding the gators said that all the snappers were donated .
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Oh how neat .

Was it the Bronx zoo in NY ?

I was there years ago and they had BIG snappers in a big enclosure with gators and the guy feeding the gators said that all the snappers were donated .
No, they are at the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas.
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No, they are at the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas.
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I love seeing alligator snapping turtles, they're very very common around here.
I'd say get a dozen or so feeder guppys. They'll create movement and action in the tank while feeding the snapper, and keeping that wild instinct to hunt food especially key if you plan to release it outside
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Your snapper will end up eating crawfish. I feed mine crawfish. Tank mates are tough, along with plants, and landscaping. They just tear everything up. And move things. It's tough
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Long story short - had to move from the farm to the city (college) unknown to me, my small son had put two baby painted turtles in one pocket, two baby snappers in his other pocket. Got him a tank. Two months later, no painted turtles. A few months later, snappers eating 100 feeder goldfish at a time. One latched on my hand one day while I was cleaning the tank. Couldn't kill it, little boy's pet. Held turtle and my hand underwater until it ran out of air and let go. Shortly after, quick trip to wildlife refuge and release. Turtles probably as big as a Volkswagon by now.
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