So if you encounter one and feel the need to rescue him, be careful....they can stretch their necks back across their carapace and to their hind feet on either side to bite.
I've had to remove many from the back yard (nesting grounds). You have to be really careful and grab the tail. They can't get you then. Getting to the tail is the hard part.
Great turtle pictures everyone!
I much prefer them this size.
According to what I've read, picking them up by the tail can damage their spine and internal organs. "The safest way to pick then up is by grasping the carapace above the back legs. There is a large gap above the back legs that allows for easy grasping of the carapace and keeps hands safe from both the beak and claws of the turtle. It can also be picked up with a shovel, from the back, making sure the shovel is square across the bottom of the shell. The easiest way, though, is with a blanket or tarp, picking up the corners with the turtle in the middle." I'm guessing you use the shovel to get them on the blanket or tarp???