You definitely should not have taken Axle out of the wild and put him in captivity. I'm assuming that you are totally ignorant about snapping turtles and their nature and habitat...(When you first came upon him.) To "save him from a waterfall" is just retarded. I bet he wasn't going to die! Afterall, it IS part of a turtle's life to come upon obsticles, (sp), just like you and I. Of course, don't put him back out in the wild now, for he has been in captivity way too long and I doubt he could survive out there. But just for future reference... keep the wild wild.