Of all the voracious predators you could lose your catch to, snapping turtles are not usually at the top of the list. Well, tell that to this determined reptile. After spotting a pike on the line, the snapping turtle decides to clamp onto the fish’s tail and hold on for dear life.

It even got a head start on descaling the fish before the angler decided to be magnanimous and offer the turtle a free meal.

Both common and alligator snapping turtles will eat just about anything they can wrap their jaws around. Sometimes, this can even include fingers. Anglers are advised to be wary around these irritable turtles, lest they mistake one of your digits for prey.

Image screenshot of video by Jeremiah Johnson on YouTube

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2 thoughts on “Video: Angler Loses Pike to Hungry Snapping Turtle

  1. Good for the angler. Of course he lost his catch, but he understands the balance of nature and the importance of all water creatures. He gave his catch to the turtle thereby keeping our waters more healthy. And I WAS rooting for the turtle- were you?

  2. Funny! I was walleye fishing once and caught one on a leach. This was many years ago on a week long camping/canoeing trip and he swallowed the hook. He sure tasted good with some brown rice and spice!

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