Snapping turtle rescued on drawbridge

A Cedar Springs man and a local police officer rescued a large snapping turtle from heavy traffic on U.S. 31 in Grand Haven.
Becky Vargo
Jul 16, 2013


The turtle was spotted Sunday evening on the highway's southbound lanes, just south of the drawbridge, according to bystander Cindy Szymas of Grand Haven. The officer blocked traffic on the inside lane at about 8 p.m. and was attempting to capture the turtle when it started to move away from the barrier and back across the road, Szymas said.

Former East Grand Rapids firefighter Rob Huston of Cedar Springs stopped to assist the officer and was able to grab the snapper. Szymas said Huston and the police officer carried the turtle to a nearby wetland and out of danger.

“The turtle was so big that it posed a safety threat to anyone traveling in the southbound lanes of U.S. 31 over the drawbridge that might swerve to avoid it,” Szymas said. “Potential accidents avoided, snapping turtle saved.”



I'm pleased to hear of this.

They're not the most pleasant or pretty creatures, but I hardly ever see them around anymore. Glad this one made it. They get BIG, and can be very intimidating.


I have seen nearly a dozen crossing the road near where I live - a bumper crop this year. Also saved two washed up on the beach earlier this spring after the big flood. They can be quite vicious, and if you decide to mess with them, be prepared - they are not harmless little creatures.


Snappers are fast and their head/neck move quickly. They look cute, but their jaws are strong.

Gently coaxing them into a big box is best.

All that I had for this guy was a shop towel and a flat shipping box.

I think the flood from the Spring affected where these Snappers are used to living.

If you come upon a Snapper, please do not hurt it. Rather, be gentle in your method to relocate it.


No Turtle soup tonight paw paw.

"Shelby Stanga"


Thank you, both !!


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