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

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You can also contain them, bring them back – but stay away from their powerful bite

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

ODFW asks that you please report Snapping Turtle sightings to ODFW by visiting https://oregonturtles.org.

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

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

If you find a snapping turtle on land and it is safe to do so, you are asked to contain the turtle and contact ODFW immediately.

For example, place a large, sturdy container like a plastic storage bag over the turtle and place a heavy object over it to prevent the turtle from escaping. Stay away from the snapping turtle’s head – it has a long neck and a powerful bite.

The common snapping turtle, native to the eastern United States but invasive in Oregon, can grow up to 18 inches in length. Its upper shell is strongly serrated and varies from russet brown to olive to almost black. Its long tail has three rows of serrated keels.

Invasive Turtles can be delivered to your local ODFW office, when 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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