23 June 2009

Turtle with a 'tude

We rescued this little guy off the road near our place. We've been picking them up off the road and placing them back in the ditch... but some recent reptile carnage has changed our game plan.

There have been at least a half dozen smashed turtles in the last week or so where the road passes through the swamp, so we've decided to open the immigration floodgates to the pond out back.

Despite our benevolent intentions... he did not go quietly... a valuable characteristic in both turtles and human beings.

Welcome Mr T.

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FROM THE COMMENTS:

Out fishing, my friend is sitting at the bow with a couple of pike on a chain stringer. Suddenly the chain starts to rattle so he proceeds to pull it up to see what's happening.

I then hear this girl-like scream coming from him and look up to see a snapper about the size of a grade school desk top latched on to one of the pike.
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5 comments:

rabbit said...

I used to net western painted turtles in the lagoon behind our house. They can grow a foot long. Takes me back...

Neo Conservative said...

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just the day before, there was a massive snapper laying eggs along the same stretch of road.

mrs neo wants to spring for a set of "turtle crossing" signs.

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langmann said...

Those lil guys are feisty, I had two as a kid.

What did he do though?

Neo Conservative said...

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mr. t was spinnin' his wheels from the second we picked him up 'til we got home. scrabbling, stretching his neck... looking for traction.

peed on mrs neo too.

most of them seem to hunker down when you grab them... they pull into the shell.

this little guy wanted a piece of us.

a fine contributor to the genetic makeup of pond-dom here at "the halls."

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alexb said...

Oh good, snapping turtle stories.
Two quick ones.
Out fishing, my freind is sitting at the bow with a couple of pike on a chain stringer.
Suddenly the chain starts to rattle so he proceeds to pull it up to see whats happening.
I then hear this girl like scream coming from him and look up to see a snapper about the size of a grade school desk top latched on to one of the pike.

Watched a snapper dig up the sand on top of our septic system at the cottage and then lay eggs and cover them back up.
She then waddled away a few feet and laid down in the grass for a rest.
Decided to go out and have a closer look.She did not like that, she hissed at me like a cat would.
Went to the shed and grabbed a piece of 3" pvc and put it in front of her.
She opened her mouth and clamped down on it.
Do not mess with snapping turtles.