Reptiles

Real Life Ninja Turtles

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Now that is one determined and brave little turtle. If Michelangelo and Donatello were around, I’m sure they’d be very proud! This little turtle might not necessarily have a chance with either of these cats but, there are a few turtles that might go about handling these cats a little differently.

In the US there are two types of predatory turtles; the Common Snapping Turtle and the Alligator Snapping Turtle. However, the two are quite different.

This video shows a Common Snapping Turtle with an attitude. But, who can blame them? I wouldn’t like my tail pulled or being poked with a stick either. As you can see, his turtle shell is smooth and his head is very oval-shaped. An Alligator Snapping Turtle on the other hand, it’s shell is almost prehistoric looking. It has distinct bumps that almost look like spikes and his head is more triangular-shaped, just like the spikes on his back.

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Another major difference in these two is the way that they hunt. The Common Snapping Turtle, like the one shown above, is a more aggressive predator. Their method is more about ambushing their prey with their painful bite. Their diet consists of: fish, frogs and tadpoles, salamanders, snails, insects, leeches, snakes, worms, aquatic plants, and other small animals, which could in fact include a small house cat.

On the other hand, the Alligator Snapping Turtle is more docile in his approach. He can sit underwater for several hours with his mouth open. Inside his mouth he has a small natural fishing lure. On his tongue there is a bright red, worm shaped piece of flesh that hangs down that would look like a small worm to an oncoming fish. Once the fish has gone to investigate, that’s when his razor like teeth chomp down and find some dinner.

From what it looks like, these regular house cats don’t have anything to worry about with this little turtle. But if he takes after his ancestors and trains as hard as the Ninja Turtles he might be able to catch himself a cat one day.

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