Another southern animal rescuer? If you think you've seen them all, nobody compares to the bare-handed trappin' approach of Animal Planet's bluegrass hero "Turtleman". For the past four decades, Ernie Brown Jr. - aka Turtleman - has been diving into Kentucky's murkiest ponds in search of an animal capable of biting through bone. Accompanied by his canine companion, Lolly, and armed with backwoods wits as sharp as the steel blade he carries, aptly named "Thunder", Turtleman has the uncanny ability to catch monster snapping turtles with his bare hands and return them into the wild unscathed. As long as anyone can remember, if there's a critter problem in Kentucky, Turtleman comes to the rescue. Over the years, Ernie has handled just about every species of wild animal those woods have to offer - including raccoons, skunks, snakes, poisonous spiders and possums. An animal lover, native Kentuckian and local celebrity (partly due to a viral YouTube video that has received over 3.4 million views since 2008), he's earned a living as an animal rescuer for the past 15 years. With a "trademark" celebratory yell following each successful capture, Turtleman safely reintroduces frisky critters to nature using his self-taught trapping style. Turtleman lives an unbelievable bluegrass lifestyle deep in the Kentucky wilderness without running water and an outhouse for a bathroom. Each week, Neal takes calls from dozens of businesses and home owners stuck with unwanted and potentially deadly pests. No job is too tough or dangerous for Turtleman, and his years of bonding with wild animals allow him to use his animal instincts to save them. Add to my shows

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Call in the Cavalry 04x12
Deep in the backwoods, Turtleman is in his element, but not Neal. Turtleman needs Squirrel, Jake, and Cole to build Team Turtle a treetops retreat with limited supplies and real challenges: baby copperheads, stinky mud swamps, and one huge snapper!
Ticked Off 04x11
Turtleman and Neal found the Forgotten Valley, but their adventure is just beginning! After a close call in a cave, the guys head through swarms of bugs and make a deal with an old friend for supplies - only to find a raging river blocking the way home.
Trail Blazers 04x10
Turtleman hears the 'call of the wild' and heads deep into the woods with Neal James. They take on gnarly gar, a hive of honeybees, and a narrow cavern passage to find a Forgotten Valley deep in the way-backwoods Turtleman hasn’t seen in years.
Tough Cookies 04x09
Fang Nabbit! 04x08
Squirrel shows up to help out in Montana and Team Turtle immediately goes to Barbara’s ranch where a critter has been tunneling all over her land and stables. Then, Turtleman takes on a ferocious animal that is snacking on Dawn’s rabbits.
Ghost Town Gold Rush 04x07
Turtleman, Neal and Jake get gold fever while their adventure in Montana continues. But before anyone can find any nuggets, Bobbie and Barry ask Turtleman to remove a nocturnal nuisance that has been wreaking havoc at the campgrounds that they own.
Troll in the Coal 04x06
Turtleman treks to Montana to find bison; critter is ruining charcoal maker's high quality charcoal.
Kneel Before Sod 04x05
Critter digs tunnels through Turtleman's middle-school teacher's barn; Turtleman busts-a-move.
Headless Horror 04x04
A predator helps itself to chickens and eggs at Lindsey's chicken coup; a tree-chomping critter.
Bear Necessities 04x03
Turtleman having the flu lets the rest of the team step up to help a realtor.

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