I can’t imagine that feels good.
Just a little duck leg with snapping turtle hanging off.
Snapping turtles are a type of freshwater turtle that are found throughout North America. They are known far and wide for their jaw power, being able to deliver a strong and sometimes harmful bite.
Their jaws are capable of crushing bone and tearing through flesh. They have been known to take off fingers. Their mouths have sharp, pointed beaks that they use to grab and hold onto prey. They are able to dig right in, making it difficult for prey to break free.
Snapping turtles are omnivorous, which means they eat both plants and animals. Their diet includes fish, frogs, snakes, insects, crayfish, and even small mammals like mice and muskrats. They are opportunistic hunters though and have been known to try just about anything they think they can eat.
This turtle clearly thought that duck was on the menu on this day.
These two canoers were headed down a river in Manitoba when they came across a turtle latched onto a duck. The snapping turtle was attached to its leg and pulling for all it could as the duck tries to escape.
The turtle pulls and pulls as the duck struggles. The couple decided to help out and lodge a paddle into the turtle’s mouth and pry it open off of the duck’s foot. The duck flies off to its freedom.
A wildlife biologist then talks about how rare this is to witness.
This is why we all go out there. You never know what you will see in nature.