Kentucky man catches snapping turtles, TV audience

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LEBANON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's "Turtleman" is returning to the air this weekend.

Ernie Brown says he has spent four decades turtle trapping, earning him the nickname. He took his show on the road and became well known for his Youtube videos.

Cable television came calling after a production company saw Brown doing a stage show with a massive snapper in West Virginia. His show on Animal Planet, "Call of the Wildman," has him serving as a barehanded exterminator, helping people get rid of nuisance animals.

His show, "Call of the Wildman" is part of a growing list of reality TV offerings where humans are pitted against animals— many of them set in the South. There's also "Billy the Exterminator" on A&E, "Hillbilly Handfishin'" — also on Animal Planet — and History Channel's "Mudcats" and "Swamp People."

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