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Old 04-09-2013, 10:38   #1
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I found this in my driveway...

My idiot cat was stalking it.

I threw the cat inside and snapped a couple of pics.

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Old 04-09-2013, 10:40   #2
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That's a dang big water moccasin.
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Those things are rude. It looks like a pretty big one.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:41   #4
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Methinks your cat isn't too bright..or wants a new nickname, like "Ol' Three Foot".
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My idiot cat was stalking it.

I threw the cat inside and snapped a couple of pics.



"snapped" some pics!!

Your cat is lucky that it has all it's paws and a tail right now!

It's amazing how fast and how far those turtles can pop out their head after they've had enough of being pestered.
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"snapped" some pics!!

Your cat is lucky that it has all it's paws and a tail right now!

It's amazing how fast and how far those turtles can pop out their head after they've had enough of being pestered.
And how high they can jump. One surprised the hell out of me one day.
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Turtle 1. Kitty 0.

What is it about turtles that will make me stop and watch them??
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FYI: A Snapping Turtle can stretch his neck out as far as their shell is long.

Think about that the next time you mess with one of those things.
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I actually helped one of them critters out of the middle of a country road on Sunday. It hissed at me for my efforts.
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That's a dang big water moccasin.
It's actually a B2.
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Did you eat it?
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Turtle 1. Kitty 0.

What is it about turtles that will make me stop and watch them??
Because you're looking at a creature that stopped evolving a long, long time ago. Like something from another world. If you've ever seen one come up for air in a clear lake, then slowly swim back down out of sight into deep water it's like watching an alien. Amazing creatures, and have a few in my lake. That they can live through the winters when the ice covers the lake for 4 months is pretty cool.
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Did you eat it?
Nope, last I looked it was slowly making it's way back in the general direction of the pond.
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Did you eat it?
He couldn't, he didn't have his turtle cleaning kit handy.
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... and now there's Snuffles the Amazing Tripod Cat?
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:11   #17
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We had more snapping turtle sightings on my dirt road last year than ever....it was cool.....I helped a few of them get across the road. One of them kept turning around and headed back towards the road.....so I carried him over to the side he was heading....damn thing knew what direction it wanted to go in....
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FYI: A Snapping Turtle can stretch his neck out as far as their shell is long.

Think about that the next time you mess with one of those things.
Found that out the hard way as a kid...

When alligator snappers clamp down, blood is drawn, let me tell you. My Dad thought it was pretty funny (he had warned me so I have no one to blame but myself)
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Even then... Still wear the scar on my left leg exterior above my knee.

Tho the photos might show a common snapping turtle (alligator snappers are more... prehistoric alligator bumpy looking IIRC)... still and all.

For those who do not know...
http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/fi...napping-turtle
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^^^ I've seen people handle these turtles by grabbing them by the shell behind the neck and holding them up for pictures and such. The whole time I'm thinking WTF!!! The only reason you still have a hand is because that thing allows you to keep it.

I've seen small ones bite through big hickory sticks like they were twigs. You can imagine what they would do to a finger. Snap!!
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I actually helped one of them critters out of the middle of a country road on Sunday. It hissed at me for my efforts.
I did the same a couple of years ago. It was as big around as a metal trash can. I gingerly picked him up at a 7:30 - 4:30 position and carried him in the direction he was already going and put him in a drainage ditch. He wasn't happy and while they might be able to get their heads the length of their shell, this one couldn't although he tried.

I spent a great deal of my childhood handling all manner of turtle and have never been bitten but you have to be careful...a snapper that size can take off a finger if he gets it just right.
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These are what we deal with. Try pulling one up on a trot line.....
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That's pretty serious redbaron...we get some big girls around here but I've not seen one like that.
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Them's good eatin'.
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Them's good eatin'.
Beat me to it.
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These things are only one of many reasons why I no longer go into natural bodies of water.
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