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Posted by Accomplice on March 09, 2003 at 14:06:19:
In Reply to: Alligator snapper behavior posted by Jud on March 07, 2003 at 23:34:09:
I haven't owned any long enough to know if calm yearlings become calm adults. I tend to think that they would remain fairly calm with regular exposure to you. I've owned some hatchlings that have grown to 6-7 inch size. Those seemed to get more and more docile as they grew. I now have an adult male that I have never seen display the open mouth defense. I've only had it for a few months and he's been brumation most of that time. I'll continue to assume that he's potentially the nastiest turtle on earth. I figure I stand a good chance of losing fingers the minute I get lazy about his potential to do bodily harm. He can be nice for the next decade and I'll still try to never put myself in a position to have to trust my health to his good nature.
:I've had my first ally for almost a year now. Got him as hatchling & he is doing well. He is extremely tame in my opinion. He never opens his mouth when I pick him up. He never tries to snap. This is fine with me, but is this something he would grow out of or is this a good sign that he will be pretty mellow?