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Alligator snapper questions.

So I got two of these guys one offline and the other from a guy on Craigslist who claims he got his online from the same distributor but has no documentation from said distributor can I get in trouble for owning this animal without a receipt like I have for mine?
They look roughly the same size and I've been told these are surprisingly communal turtles compared to their less friendly cousin the common snapper. I'm keeping them both in a 20 gallon long as I've seen many others do in videos on YouTube.
My guys are definitely hatchlings and size isn't an issue currently plus these turtles are notorious for their extremely slow growth and I plan to move them to a larger aquarium once they hit 3-4 inches in length and then eventually outside in a stock tank.
Also feeders usually only disappear probably one or two everyother day are my turtles getting enough food?

My question that mainly involves plantedtank.net is since these turtles are strictly carnivorous would they leave aquatic plants alone? So far I just have a anchored down peice of bogwood in their enclosure with 3 small fake plants they enjoy hiding in/sitting on top of but I'd really enjoy having sand instead of the large gravel I have now and real plants instead of fake plants.
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I think whether the plants are real or fake they don't stand a chance. If the turtle is lying in wait for prey, it's not gonna care what's in its way. Don't those things get huge. Like two feet.
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My question what is the plan when hey reach 18" diameter and bigger? These turtles get large and can live a long time. And everyone I've come across in the wild is mean as a wild boar.

They will stir up the substrate and I can't see planting anything working to well. Maybe could do floaters and stuff that grows on drift wood.


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I think the answer to your original question is going to be determined by state law. Some states have imposed bans on wild collecting and if yours is one you may need to provide proof of where and how you came to be in possession. State laws vary so thats where you need to look. This assumes of course you are located in the states.

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Aside from legal issues!

When small they are cute.
I have had to relocate clutches of eggs until they hatch.
Also caught and relocated many traveling through my property.

Not eating machines but when it is time to feed there is no regard for anything especially plants, rocks, driftwood etc...

One Sunday I looked out the kitchen window.
Making sure all my horses were in the field.
I noticed my goat moving across the field.
This required a double take since it's legs were not moving!
It was standing on the back of a large snapper moving through the field.
Go figure!


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I noticed my goat moving across the field.
This required a double take since it's legs were not moving!
It was standing on the back of a large snapper moving through the field.
Go figure!
LOL Thanks for the laugh!

When I got to the second sentence, I was thinking the snapper was using it's mouth to drag the goat across the field...
But the third sentence was funny too haha
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One Sunday I looked out the kitchen window.
Making sure all my horses were in the field.
I noticed my goat moving across the field.
This required a double take since it's legs were not moving!
It was standing on the back of a large snapper moving through the field.
Go figure!
Please tell me thats a tall tale.

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No this one was not a tall tale.

This Sheila was wanting to lay eggs and was unphased by the goat.
After she laid eggs near my pond and ate half of the comets there-in.
I relocated the eggs to a bucket of sand until they hatched.


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No this one was not a tall tale.

This Sheila was wanting to lay eggs and was unphased by the goat.
After she laid eggs near my pond and ate half of the comets there-in.
I relocated the eggs to a bucket of sand until they hatched.
That is hilarious. Thanks for sharing.

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I used to throw lines out for snappers in the Ohio river, we got some so large we wouldn't bring them into the canoe with us, as they say cut bait and run.

I had several of those little alligator snappers before in the past, never tried to keep one with plants though.

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