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Pond Monster
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MW/Ks    Posted 10-04-2004 at 09:57:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
True story to follow: Yesterday,my wife and I were out looking around our place.We went down to our pond,which is 2 years old.We saw a duck in the weeds around the pond and walked over to it.The duck went into the water and was paddling and quacking.We were enjoying watching it swim around. Well,about 15 seconds into this scene,the duck had swam out maybe 30 yards.Instantly,the duck flat disappeared!!Something grabbed this full grown duck and took it under.What the heck could do that??? The pond isn't old enough to have a fish that big.We watched for 15 minutes or so and not a bubble,feather or any other sign of the duck.The only thing we can think of is a big turtle.Any ideas?? I told the kids if they didn't behave,I'd send them swimming. Thanks in advance. Mark

Michele in VA    Posted 10-05-2004 at 14:01:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe a snake-head fish? They get very big, several
feet, and they can walk across land from one pond to

UpdateMW/ks    Posted 10-05-2004 at 07:17:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My dog and I were at the pond this am at first light.She decides to go in and walk in the water.I saw a the head of a turtle pop up,obviously interested in her splashing around.It went under pretty quick.Maybe coming after her?? Question is,how big would a snapper have to be to take a 60 lb. dog? Should I be concerned for her? I guess I better get on the stick and de-turtle-fy my water hole,huh.. Mark in Kansas

Griz    Posted 10-05-2004 at 06:54:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with the others on the Snapping Turtle. However, I did not see anyone heed any word of caution to you. Those buggers are some of the fastest moving animals I have ever seen. You would not think something that big and bulky could snap around at you as fast as they actually can. With those long necks etc you will be looking at stubs if your not careful. We usually decapitate them and even then their heads can still bite you hard enough to remove fingers. Dispatch it with a rifle and don't let the head come close to you!!


Dave 2N    Posted 10-05-2004 at 04:02:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You've got yourself a big old snapping turtle in your pond.

James(Ga)    Posted 10-04-2004 at 20:06:30       [Reply]  [No Email]

Mark, That is very interesting please keep us updated on what you find. James(Ga)

How to catch/kill it...    Posted 10-04-2004 at 18:00:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get a 1/0 bronze fish-hook...Tie on a 40 foot length of parachute cord with an improved fishermans knot...2-3 feet above the hook, loop the chute-cord through the handle of a plastic-milkjug...Acquire a fish, hambone, freezer-burned chicken, etc., and securely hook the 'bait' on the 'hook'...With a 'tossing' motion, place the 'bait' and 'milk-jug bobber' somewhere in the vicinity of the suspected location of siad snapping turtle...Once deployed, SECURELY fasten the end of the 'chute-cord' to a tree, cinder-block, or other suitable anchor...


When the bobber bobs...And then bobs VIOLENTLY...Haul in your 'catch'...Dispatch with latge stick, heavy rock, or shotgun...

Remember...There are no less than 7 distinct colours/textures/flavours of meat in a snapper, and it takes practice to clean one out correctly...

Salmoneye, The Snapper Slayer

Thanks, Mr.Salmoneye and    Posted 10-04-2004 at 19:38:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Y'all are right.A friend at fish and game also gave me the lowdown on snappers.He agrees with you.Guess it's turtle hunting time.BTW,this pond was excavated out of a slough channel,and fills only when the slough runs.I have seen snappers moving around here in summer to find water.Looks like they've found a home and buffet.....for now. Thanks again,one and all.. Mark/Ks

Mike Ga    Posted 10-04-2004 at 17:40:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have seen this many times and always presumed that the ducks came up out of my site. I don't think that you would have a turtle big enough in a two year old pond to eat a full grown duck. Hope some one did not put a gator in your pond. There has been documents of people taking gators and putting them in others ponds. Or maybe the sasquash. I wouldn't mind a good duck dinner. Around here I got possums eating my eggs. They are running my guinneys and chickens off the nest when they are setting.

whata croc    Posted 10-04-2004 at 11:41:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
idile! Or would that be a croc-amamy story!

Probably a turtle-some sitting time with a rifle might be in order.

Salmoneye    Posted 10-04-2004 at 10:46:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
It was a Snapping Turtle...

Jim(MO)    Posted 10-04-2004 at 10:21:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Snapping turtle. Saw one take under a a dead floating muskrat one time. The muskrat was bloated up bigger than a football.

RayP(MI)    Posted 10-04-2004 at 10:19:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds for all the world like a large snapping turtle!

Lochness Maybe?    Posted 10-04-2004 at 10:06:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I doubt it was Nessie the Lochness Monster.

Could easily be a big snapping/aligator turtle. If you watched it for that length of time after the duck vanished, it was something that can really hold its breath or that has gills. A pond that young leaves the air-breathing culprits at the top of the list:

* Turtle
* Aligator (I dont know where you live)
* Otter (not likely)
* Beaver (even less likely)
* Big muskies/northern pike have been known to remove surface paddlers from the surface but we are talking about 15+ lb fish and a whole lot of splashing when that happens. Maybe someone put some BIG fish in your pond??????

- Peanut

Maggie/TX    Posted 10-04-2004 at 10:05:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
You didn't say what part of the country you are in, but if that happened around here I'd say it was an alligator.

MW/Kansas    Posted 10-04-2004 at 10:08:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We are in central Kansas.No gators here,or so we thought!! Thanks. Mark

TomH    Posted 10-04-2004 at 17:02:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
A big Snapping Turtle can be 3 feet across. I'd avoid skinny dipping in that pond...

Here's a hook.........    Posted 10-04-2004 at 20:05:43       [Reply]  [No Email]

Might need it.


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