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Trapping terrapins?

Postby Ales » Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:49 pm

Hey guys.
Does anyone know some affective methods of trapping and relocating marsh
terrapins out of a small farm dam?
A family friend of mine stays on a farm in springs and there are a few terrapins in the dam.
In June or July the farmer is going to destroy the dam for building purposes,so i want to
catch all the terrapins and release them in the other dam on the farm.
I need some plans to build a trap or a good way to get them out of there.
In July the terrapins will be buried under the mud and will be covered with sand and cement if i dont get them now.
And the farmer doesnt give a dam about them!
So please help,any ideas will do.

Thanks
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Re: Trapping terrapins?

Postby Cradle of life » Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:08 pm

They will take bait - meat is a good start. You can make a walk-in trap and put meat into it, if it is a bit rotten then it will work better. You MUST make sure though that at least a portion of the trap stay above water so that the captured guys can breath! Worst case you can use a very small hook (no. 20 works ok) and put a piece of meat on it - if there are barbel in the dam then you will probably catch 20 barbel to 1 terrapin :D I have other methods as well but then i need some more specs :idea:

PM me if you need more specs/info.

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Re: Trapping terrapins?

Postby RAGE » Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:05 pm

Give me a call, I will gladly come and assist as I am also in Springs. I will also see if I have supplies to build some traps in the mean while. If the worst comes to worst, I will show you a way with the hooks as well. Where abouts in Springs? P.m me.
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Re: Trapping terrapins?

Postby Sico » Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:15 am

either net them, or pump the water out and then pick them out of the mud....
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Re: Trapping terrapins?

Postby Ales » Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:56 pm

Thanks guys.
I convinced the farmer to let me pump out the water this weekend,and take the terrapins
out,like Sico said.
Thanks RAGE,but i have already made plans with a friend,he has some traps that his father made when he was a kid,im going to borrow them from him this weekend.
I want to trap as many as i can before the pumping because some might get lost in the mud
and i won't find them.
Im not sure what part of springs,my friend gave me co-ordinates and i put them in to my
GPS,so i have no idea where i went. :smt005
Ill definately bait the traps with meat,and dead fish.

Thanks again
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Re: Trapping terrapins?

Postby Sico » Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:09 am

If you just pump the water out, they shouldnt bury themselves. they will likely go with the water flow as it recedes to the lowest part of the dam, and collect there. Make sure the pump inlet has some kind of sieve over it, to prevent any little ones getting sucked in.
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Re: Trapping terrapins?

Postby Ales » Wed Mar 03, 2010 3:55 pm

Guy won't terrapins swallow hooks and die?
Because theres no way of getting them out the stomach.
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Re: Trapping terrapins?

Postby Cradle of life » Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:50 am

Ales wrote:Guy won't terrapins swallow hooks and die?
Because theres no way of getting them out the stomach.

Most definately - that is why i said use a number 20 hook, if you can get them. They are used for catching guppies :shock:
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Re: Trapping terrapins?

Postby Ales » Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:32 pm

Well how will a very small hook be better?,it will be swallowed with ease.
How do you get it out the terrapins stomach?
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Re: Trapping terrapins?

Postby Cradle of life » Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:27 pm

Ales wrote:Well how will a very small hook be better?,it will be swallowed with ease.
How do you get it out the terrapins stomach?


It is so small that it will do almost zero damage to the animal - look at one and you will see what i mean :idea: They will hook enough for you to pull them out quickly before they regurge (which they very rarely do)!!
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Re: Trapping terrapins?

Postby armata » Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:54 pm

A method I used in the UK to catch red-ears was to have a motor tyre with a net slung underneath with a rope leading to the bank. The terrapins bask on the tyre give the rope a tug and 50% chance they fall inwards!! I caught over 100 this way.
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