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The gopher tortoise was listed as threatened wherever found west of the Mobile and Tombigbee rivers in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Five freshwater turtles were listed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as endangered or threatened species as of December The Alabama red-bellied turtle and the flattened musk turtle were listed as endangered and threatened, respectively. Alabama is the historic range of both species. The ringed sawback turtle is threatened in its historic range of Louisiana and Mississippi.

The yellow-blotched map turtle is threatened in its historic range of Mississippi. The Plymouth red-bellied turtle is endangered in its historic range of Massachusetts. Additional species under review include the alligator snapping turtle, bog turtles, and the western tortoises. The best control for box, pond, and marsh turtles in rice fields is to drain irrigation canals and fallow fields during winter months.

Without a permanent water source year-round, these species do not reach large enough populations to become a serious economic problem.

Ponds that are used for the production of channel catfish or other finfish are routinely harvested by seining. The seining process will also capture turtles. Farmers can control turtle populations by moving these captured turtles to their natural habitats. Since turtles generally are not a pest to people, control measures are limited primarily to trapping.

Trapping can be used quite effectively to reduce local populations of these species where damage occurs. The best place to trap turtles is in the quiet water areas of streams and ponds, or in the shallow water of lakes. Soft-bottom areas near aquatic vegetation are excellent spots. The best seasons for trapping are spring, summer, and early fall. Most turtles hibernate through the winter, except in the extreme south, and do not feed, making trapping ineffective. Methods of trapping are described for various types of turtles in the following sections.

Traps should be baited with fresh fish or red meat. Catfish heads and cut carp are regarded as two of the best baits available for trapping turtles. Baits should be suspended in traps on a bait hook or placed in bait containers for maximum effectiveness.

In areas where turtle populations are high, it is often necessary to check traps two or three times per day and add fresh bait, since turtles are capable of consuming large quantities of bait rather quickly. Snapping and Soft-Shell Turtles. While snapping turtles are in hibernation, they often can be taken in quantities from spring holes and old muskrat holes, under old logs, and in soft bottoms of waterways.

Turtle collectors rely on their hunting instincts and experience to locate hibernating turtles. When one is found, it pays to explore the surrounding area carefully because snappers often hibernate together.

One end of an iron rod is bent to form a hook and sharpened; the other end of the rod is used for probing into the mud or soil to locate the turtles.

The hunter probes about in the mud bottom until a turtle is located which feels much like a piece of wood and then pulls it out with the hook. Turtles are inactive during the winter and offer little resistance to capture, although the landing of large ones may be difficult even for experienced hunters. Snappers and soft-shelled turtles are sometimes taken on set lines baited with cut fish or other fresh meat.

One recommended device is made by tying 4 or 5 feet 1. About 12 inches The end of the pole is pushed into the bank far enough to make it secure at an angle that will hold the bait a few inches cm above the bottom.

Snappers and soft-shelled turtles may also be taken readily in baited fyke or hoop nets Fig. These barrel-shaped traps may sometimes be purchased on the market or made from 3-inch 7.

The trap should be 4 to 6 feet 1. The three to five hoops per trap be approximately 30 inches 76 cm in diameter, made of wood or 6-gauge steel wire with welded joints. The funnel-shaped mouth should be 18 inches 46 cm deep from the front hoop to the opening inside. The entrance opening of the funnel should be 1 inch x 20 inches 2.

The corners of the opening are tied by twine to the middle hoop. After the hoops have been installed, the net should be treated with a preservative of tanbark, cooper oleate, tar, or asphalt. To keep the trap extended, stretchers of wood or steel wire, about 9 gauge or larger, are fastened along each side. Coarse mesh poultry wire may be substituted for the twine.

If this is done, the frame will be approximately 30 inches 76 cm square. The shape and dimensions of the entrance as specified should be the same in all traps, as it is easily negotiated by the turtles. The dimensions of the trap may be altered for ease of transportation. A door may be installed in the top to facilitate baiting and removal of turtles. Entrance funnels may be placed on each end if desired.

Fyke or hoop turtle traps should be set with the tops of the hoops just out of the water. This will permit the turtles to obtain air and lessen their struggles to escape, and will enable other turtles to enter the trap more freely. It is necessary to set traps this way if the turtles are to be taken alive.

Traps set in streams must be anchored. If the water is too deep for the top of the trap to be out of the water, short logs can be lashed to each side to float the trap. Turtles enter more readily when the mouth of the trap is set downstream. Box, Pond, and Marsh Turtles. Because of their habits, these species must be captured with methods different from those for snapping and softshelled turtles.

They cannot be taken in numbers during the winter, like snappers, because they do not congregate in their hibernating places. In the summer some species are gregarious, crowding together in numbers on projecting logs and banks. By taking advantage of this fact, these basking species may be taken by trapping in a box sunk in a place the turtles are using. They also carry exotic animals like sugar gliders, skunks, hedgehogs, marmosets, lemurs, and kinkajous.

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