As cold-blooded creatures, snappers lack the ability to regulate their body temperatures, which is why some nights you'll find them warming themselves on asphalt highways. And that's also why Coleman goes looking for them in shallow creeks and ponds with little or no tree cover. "The warmer the water," he says, "the higher the concentration of turtles." Grabbling requires no sonar, bait, tackle or hooks. You just climb into the water and start feeling along the underside of the bank for a turtle in its lair. If your fingers encounter something "turtlish," says Coleman, gingerly run them over the creature to get the lay of the reptilian landscape. "If he's facing out toward you and you feel his head, just reach around behind his neck and grab him." This approach, he admits, is not for the faint of heart. "It takes nerve, but once you've got him by the neck, he can't bite you. Then all you have to do is keep pulling, and he'll come out of there." He pauses. "Just don't let go." Or? "You're gonna get snapped."