Turtles are one of the longest living creatures on the planet. They are slow-moving, semi-aquatic reptiles. Turtles have a shell composed of bone covered in keratin plates. Turtles cannot leave their shells. It is permanently attached to the back and ribs. The most common turtle species in Wisconsin are the painted turtle and snapping turtle.
Why Do I Have Them?
In general, turtles are gentle and harmless reptiles. However, snapping turtles are a problem for homeowners with koi ponds or streams on their property. With their power beak-like jaw, a snapping turtle can bite a human finger or toe right off. Most people think they are safe to pick up, but snapping turtles can easily extend their necks all the way back to their hind legs.
Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program
Turtles are not free from danger even with their shell for protection. Cars are the main reason for their high mortality rate. The DNR has launched a “Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program” to remind drivers to slow down and watch for turtles. The loss of habitat and falling prey to coyotes, foxes, and skunks are also dangers to turtles.
Treatment & Control
How Do I Get Rid of Turtles?
Advanced Wildlife and Pest Control specializes in turtle removal. Live trapping is the most effective and humane way to remove a turtle. Our wildlife specialist will conduct a thorough inspection of your property to identify problem areas. We will safely catch and relocate turtles 30 miles away from your residence.
The breeding season for snapping turtles in Wisconsin is between April and November. The female turtle will build a nest for her eggs and lay roughly 20 to 40 eggs. Eggs will typically hatch 2 to 4 months later.
Where Do Turtles Live?
Turtles are found throughout Wisconsin, especially near ponds, rivers, marshes, and streams.
What Do Turtles Eat?
Turtles primarily prey on fish, frogs, mice, small snakes, and other turtles.