Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Snapping Turtle

A female was laying eggs on a rocky mound that is part of our Sunday morning walk.
I wrapped the leashes around a large rock to keep the dogs away from her.

Even though she was less than a foot long, she could have done serious damage to toes or noses that got too close.

I have seen grown men who have lost a finger to a snapper that was supposedly dead.


JC said...

Where do you live that you have turtles ?

Roses and Lilacs said...

How interesting. I hope no other predator finds her eggs. I'm not fond of the snapping turtles but I wish them all well.

Tarolino said...

Goodness! Do you really have turtles in the wild. That is neat. Quite envious about that. Great set of photos too.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

How cool is that! That is something I would LOVE to see!

Jenn Jilks said...

That's a big one - ours is just a handful! You were wise to tie up the dogs. Our snapper, "Patch" (blind in one eye), likes to lay low, too.

Their jaws are incredible. We don't bother ours, and it doesn't bother us. Cycle of life and all that. Nice shots.

George said...

Great pictures of the turtle. I'm glad you were able to protect your dogs while getting the pictures.


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