Damage to Landscapes
Turtle damage to landscapes is limited to the digging of nests.
Damage to Crops and Livestock
Many people think turtles eliminate fish from farm ponds, but research suggests that predation by turtles is not significant enough to affect fish populations. Avoid eliminating turtles across large bodies of water as their scavenging plays an important role in keeping the water clean.
Successive disappearance of individual ducklings and fish may signify the presence of snapping turtles.
Damage to Structures
Turtles do not damage structures.
Health and Safety Concerns
Snapping turtles are not considered to pose disease threats to humans or other animals. Snapping turtles, however, have a powerful bite that can inflict serious injury. Snapping turtles kept in captivity may carry salmonella.