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More Oregon reports of snapping turtles, a threat to native species; ODFW urges public to report sightings

ODFW asks public to report sightings of snapping turtles, bring them to agency if possible
Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
ODFW asks public to report sightings of snapping turtles, bring them to agency if possible

You can also contain, bring them in - but stay away from their powerful bite

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — Snapping turtles, an invasive species in Oregon, are nesting this time of year and are more likely to be encountered on land, which is an opportunity for the public to help out by reporting and possibly containing them, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday.

ODFW asks that you please report sightings of snapping turtles to ODFW by visiting

Snapping turtles can harm native turtle populations as well as amphibians, mammals, birds, and fish.

ODFW wildlife biologists have seen an uptick in reports, and some snapping turtles have been captured recently by members of the public.

If you find a snapping turtle on land and can safely do so, you're asked to contain the turtle and immediately contact ODFW.

For example, put a large sturdy container such as a plastic storage tote over the turtle and place a heavy object on top to prevent the turtle from escaping. Stay away from the snapping turtle's head – they have a long neck and a powerful bite.

The common snapping turtle, indigenous to the eastern United States but invasive in Oregon, can reach up to 18 inches in length. Its top shell is strongly serrated and varies from tan/brown to olive to almost black. Its long tail has three rows of saw-tooth keels.

Invasive turtles can be delivered to your local ODFW office, when they are open, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call ahead to arrange your delivery, the agency said.

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    1. Hmm, did you click the link?
      A bit of info there about “conservation areas” (none here) –
      And I just Googled Oregon snapping turtles – the great Oregon Capital Chronicle (started by a friend, Les Zaitz former of the Oregonian)
      Has this graf:
      “These prehistoric-looking creatures, native to the eastern part of Canada and the U.S. , have settled into the Tualatin River watershed and been spotted elsewhere, including the Clackamas, Willamette, Columbia, Sandy, Molalla, Pudding and Umpqua rivers and the Columbia Slough. “

    1. I’m sure the Wasco and Paiutes would say the same about you. Other than First Peoples, we’re all “invasive specie” from somewhere else.

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