Snapping Turtle

Common Snapping Turtle ~ a large freshwater turtle commonly found in our small town areas.  Rather dinosaur like in its appearance, it is an eater of fingers and known to be used in turtle soup, if you are so inclined.  




We encountered this fellow while out on a very small country road.  I say we because the husband took this photo.  I was not interested in getting up close with this creature.  

This did bring to mind an event in which the husband and his twin brother, (yes, there are two of them), attempted to catch an aggressive snapper and place him in an empty trash can.  

Good times... and I often wish I had that on video....to enjoy over and over again.  


"Watch the turtle.  He only moves forward by sticking his neck out."  

Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.  




Comments

  1. These guys can play rough and the wisest thing to do is walk on by...fortunately, they don't move very quickly unless one gets too close. Snap, snap!

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  2. I did that too once to take it up to the pond. They whip around surprisingly fast. I have heard it is usually the females that are moving about. I miss mine at the farm. They were very friendly after they got used to me feeding them daily. Gammera preferred chicken, but usually got whatever was left from takeout. He was the biggest and would come within 12 inches of my feet.

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  3. They look so prehistoric, don't they? And boy, they can do damage - I walk far around them when I encounter them around here - not often, thankfully.

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  4. I like the soup or stew. They are rather mean looking.

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  5. They are faster than they look. I once stopped my car in our cottage country to escort one that was crossing the road, figuring it was easier for an oncoming car to see me than it. He gave me a warning hiss and a lunge to remind me to keep my distance.

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  6. That fella certainly is dinosaur-like . . . my own initial thought before reading your description!!!

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  7. The snapping turtle looks pretty impressive. Don't know if I would want to get up close and in his face for a photo either. :)

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  8. He looks like a dinosaur, old too. Neat sighting. I hope your day is great.

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  9. Does he still have all his fingers?

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  10. There was one in the road near us that was road kill. I wouldn't want to hit one as it would be like running over a rock. Lots of them around this time of year as they crawl up the creeks to lay eggs on land.

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  11. They don't call them snappers for nothing.

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  12. i like the quote, it is a good one!! i have never seen a turtle that looks like that, it looks a bit like a turtle dinosaur!!!

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  13. That turtle looks pretty hefty! Good choice to leave him alone.

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  14. A good case for wearing steel toed boots or shoes!

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  15. Beauty if in the eye of the beholder . . . Well maybe just unique in appearance. A lot of detail going on there.

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  16. That's a face only a mother could love Michelle, but I still wouldn't eat him 😀

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  17. I remember when I was a girl, we had snappers in our pond. I was terrified of them. I found one on the road last year, and grabbed a crow bar from the truck...first thing I could find that was sturdy enough...and tried to get it to grab ahold so that I could move it into the grass. All I can say is that I'm glad it was a crowbar, and not a little stick! Yikes! Those jaws are indeed powerful and they can be ferocious!

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  18. I think they are endangered here or at least threatened. Probably loss of habitat unfortunately!

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  19. I used to see these around the lake I walked around where I used to live.

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  20. I wouldn't get close to this guy.

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  21. Gadzooks.. that is one unattractive specimen! I've heard they are mean and dangerous, too. I'm glad your husband took the photo! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  22. When I was a kid, we caught one and put it under the seat in a row boat. We used a wooden broom handle to hold him then. When he had enough he bit the broom handle right in half! We got our pictures in the local paper with him 25 pounds of mad snapper!

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  23. I'm fond of these fellows but also I know to keep my distance.
    Merle.............

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  24. I would stay away too . . .
    And save my fingers . . .
    Happy your brave hubs got this picture though!

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  25. Poor fellow...and very cute....

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