Be careful while handling snapping turtles. Old George Bricker had one lock on to his finger when he was a teenager. They had to take a hatchet and chop off the turtle's head to free George's finger. This would have been back in the late 1800s. When I was a boy George showed me the scar on his finger. Even though George labored with those hands throughout his life the turtle bite scar was still quite prominent.