How To Build A Snapping Turtle Trap
_The presence of snapping turtles is relatively common to every geographic area and occasionally it may become necessary to trap them so they can be relocated to a less populated area. Snapping turtles have an incredibly powerful bite and pose a threat to small children and pets, but luckily most people have the ability to build a snapping turtle trap that will resolve the issue without unnecessary expense. A good quality snapping turtle trap can usually be made in about an hour and a half to two hours and cost $8 to $10 in materials for each trap. The items needed to build a snapping turtle trap are 4 lengths of two by fours that are eight feet long, a small roll of chain link fencing, a box of 3 inch wood screws, a box of one inch finishing nails, 2 springs that are 4 inches long, two small hinges, a piece of string and four milk jugs that are a gallon in size with an air tight cap.
The first step to build a snapping turtle trap is to make a wood framed box that is 24 inches wide by 30 inches deep and 12 inches high. This is most easily accomplished by making a top and a bottom frame by screwing two by fours of the proper length together, and then placing 12 inch pieces of two by fours upright between them and connecting them. After the frame is completed, make a door for the front from wood that is made to a size of 24 inches wide by 12 inches high. Next cut the fencing to use two pieces to cover the top, bottom and three sides of the turtle trap connecting it by hammering finishing nails into the frame half-way and then bending them over. Cut another piece of fencing and connect it in the same manner to the trap door.
Next, attach the hinges to the trap door at the top connecting it to the trap. At the bottom of the trap door attach one spring from each side of the door to the bottom of the trap. In the rear of the snapping turtle trap tie a string around a piece if meat or fish and suspend it so it hangs inside of the trap. The idea is that a snapping turtle goes into the trap and the door springs shut, making escape impossible.
The last step to make a snapping turtle trap is to attach the gallon milk bottles to serve as flotation devices once the trap is placed in the water. Snapping turtles cannot live without air, and the milk bottles allow the trap to be submerged two-thirds of the way so a trapped snapping turtle can come to the surface and get oxygen.