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Posted by Michael-DFW on May 04, 2003 at 13:02:31:
In Reply to: Found snapper hatchling, rehabilitated, want to release posted by kephy on May 03, 2003 at 14:24:53:
Relocating herps, and releasing those that have been captive for a substantial period, can pose some problems. The scientific literature on relocating herps (particularly adults, and I guess we're not that sure about babies) indicates that often they don't do as well when relocated and are more likely to die. Releasing former captives poses several risks. Some of these are summarized in an article on our website titled "If You Love Them, Don't Set Them Free" (Look under Cross Timbers Herpetologist).
I do understand your wish for this little turtle to be able to do well. One option would be to release it at the same place fairly soon (perhaps even if the area doesn't look attractive, it's a good enough home that a population of snappers is actively reproducing). Another would be to offer to donate it to an educational facility (possibly Plano's Living Materials Center). Snappers can make good pets except that they grow quickly and can be dangerous as they get bigger.