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Random question--any turtle owners out there?(9 posts)

Random question--any turtle owners out there?sn69
Sep 16, 2003 6:56 PM
I'm asking because I'd like to explore non-chemical methods for controlling brown garden snails. I'm using beer traps to good effect, and we've laid down a layer of Borax along the property perimeter. Still, I'd like to avoid adding more chemicals and poisons to the environment. I thought a nice land turtle might be a good SCM (Snail Counter Measure).

I've done a fair bit of on-line research, but I thought I'd solicit any inputs from reptilio-philes out there.
Scott

PS--Jon...you're Canadian, and that's damn-near French. Would you like me to gather and send the little slimy snail bastards to you for a light pre-ride snack?
Re: snailsAlex-in-Evanston
Sep 17, 2003 6:08 AM
Good luck with the turtle, it should be good for some laughs. Have you ever looked deeply into the eyes of a turtle and wondered what was going on in there?

I've had good luck with a couple of things. I put a birdbath near my hosta and ligularia patch to attract jays and robins. And I stopped planting the most severely munched victims. Ligularia desdemona has been replaced by ligularia stenocephola, and no more smooth leafed hosta. Also, I pulled up a big patch of lamiastrum (shady ground cover) that was next to the affected area. Slugs and snails like that kind of cover during the day. Now the birds can pick them off more easily. Combined efforts produced good results.

Alex
I've got a box turtlelotterypick
Sep 17, 2003 7:09 AM
That guy goes through snails like there's no tomorrow.

I let him go in our back yard and my wife saw him tramping by some tall grass we have.

Only dangers are two. You have to make sure he can't get out of the yard and you have to understand that crows and hawks pick these guys up and try to crack them on the street.

One other thing. They hibernate supposedly.
I've got a box turtleFender
Sep 17, 2003 7:47 AM
I had a turtle as a child and set it free in the back yard. Took my eyes of it for a minute and it was gone. Never saw it again.
You might want to put a flag on it or something so you know where it is.
I dunno 'bout the flagsn69
Sep 17, 2003 7:54 AM
To a turtle, that's got to be the equivalent of alien abduction butt probes.

Thanks to all for the advice. We've landscaped to avoid shady pathes, so I'll guess we'll have to see which plants the lil' bastards take to. We've also got a critter barrier installed. Perhaps that'll be enough to keep a box turtle in. Dunno, but it's worth a try.
If only I would have known .Turtleherder
Sep 17, 2003 8:42 AM
If only I would have known of this thread yesterday I could have gotten the box turtles opinion on the matter. I saved one from the road yesterday on my ride. A box turtle would do the trick with the snails but you would need a barrier to keep him in and some shade from the afternoon sun. Also keep the dogs away from him, they tend to use them as balls and play fetch with them.
coincidentally...my kid just got a turtleColnagoFE
Sep 17, 2003 9:34 AM
no experience using then for pest control, but they are kind of cool. he got a mud turtle. mostly eats these food pellets and small minnows and goldfish. interesting idea though as long as the turtle likes the snails.
Cain't say about THAT, but my pond turtles areOldEdScott
Sep 17, 2003 10:07 AM
awful good eatin' their own selfs. I caught one and cooked him just the other night. The dawgs love the shell.
Guilty admission....sn69
Sep 17, 2003 11:09 AM
Way out in the sticks of North Central Florida's swampy, karst interior south of Paine's Prairie and Micanopy, there's a quaint lil' hamlet known as Cross Creek, located between Laslooca and Orange Lakes. For you literary types, that's the ancestral home of Marjorie Rawlings, of "Cross Creek" (duh) and "The Yearling" fame. Anyhow, her old farm house is a converted restaraunt. They serve the best damned cooter (fried, blackened, stew or soup) in the state, hands down.

Yes, Ed, I've got a lot of Southern Boy in me--I might have been born in SoCal, but I was raised in low country Gulf Coast. BUT, I'm not a big Skynnard fan (I'm all about The Outlaws and Marshall Tucker, though).
Scott