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I believe reptiles once ruled the Earth because they're sneaky and patient...

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by DJ Niner, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. DJ Niner

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    ...or maybe just lazy/lethargic when the weather's cool.

    Anyway, I hike back into the woods to check out an old lowhead river dam. I slip-slide down the bank, get my footing on the edge of the concrete-and-stone dam superstructure, and carefully pick my way out to the end. As I take my last step up to the edge, something (right next to my leg) that I thought was just another rock -- IT MOVES.
     
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    After I finish the "Get away quickly but don't fall in the water" dance, I dug out my camera and took a few shots. He didn't seem to be too disturbed; I think I just woke him up from his nap.
     

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    Check out the claws.
     
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    Distant ancestor of the dinosaurs? I can see the lineage.
     
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    The scene; so you can more fully appreciate the scenario.

    My attention is focused in area #1.

    My foot hit beverage can (#2) and made a noise.

    Which woke up #3, who moved and caused me to nearly fill my drawers. You can see, not much room to dance in that area; one mistep and I'd have been a bruised swimmer with 20+ pounds of gear in my haversack.
     
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    In conclusion: check all river rocks carefully.
    If one has a tail, it ain't a rock. :supergrin:

    And thus ended my excitement for the weekend.
     
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    I'm pretty sure if you look closely, you'll find that reptiles are ruling the Earth today.
     
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    That is a wicked snapping turtle.

    Consider yourself lucky it didnt want a piece of you.
     
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    Yep, that would have been a rude shock, happening without warning (thanks to my wandering around more-or-less in condition white).

    Luckily, we were both pretty relaxed. Still can't quite figure out how I managed to miss seeing him; it's not like he's a tiny little mouse or something. But that natural camouflage DOES work, believe me!
     
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    That's bigger than any snapper I've seen where was this?


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    Yup they are called Communists and Socialists! :shocked: :soap: :stop: :freak: :supergrin:
     
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    If it a snake, gator or turtle then by some they have been around for years and will be around for years to come. Does anybody find it strange that the 1st animal reference in the Bible was a "reptile"?

    Gators are an advance reptile that is nohing more than a lizard that adapt to the water and been roaming these parts for thousands of years with the only enemy being man or a car/truck tire.
     
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    Very cool DJ. We used to call those 'soup'. :)

    I snapped a photo of this guy a few mornings back. He was a bit sleepy still. Must not have had his coffee. :) Notice he's also wearing camo. Cabellas has even gotten to the lizards. everything's camo now. :supergrin:

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    I haven't seen a horned lizard in years , no make that decades;)
     
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    Man, those necks can stretch for miles too.

    When I was 10 or 11, I stepped out onto a fallen tree that was along the shore of a river. A HUGE turtle popped out from underneath and lunged toward me with it's head. Man, it must've come almost a foot out of it's shell. I don't know how I didn't fall backwards into the water, but man, I was more scared than I've ever been. I never swam in that river again. EVER.
     
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    Red River of the North; Minnesota/North Dakota border, near Wolverton, MN.

    I've seen a couple of them maybe 2/3s that big, and one that might have been larger (in my distant youth, in Michigan -- but EVERYTHING seemed bigger when I was smaller, so I can't really count that). But this was the largest by far that I ever got a chance to inspect for a few minutes and take photos of at close range.

    Lots of turtles moving around this year; bumper crop, maybe?
     
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    That ole Arizona horny toad, looks a little different than the Texas boys. Some color and stripe difference. Very cool looking HT.


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    Here's our Tx version


    The funniest thing I ever seen with one; my parents had this stray lab-mix like dog that they just picked up, He was in the yard and ran across one and was following it with his nose about 2" away and not paying attention.

    This little sucker ( horned lizard ) was runninng away for his life and ran under the corral fence. The dog was so interested in the lizard that he didn't realize the fence was rapidly approach and ran into it full blast.

    the look on his face was priceless ;)

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    I've been there several times. I've done some work for the red lake indian rez. Including a large pow-pow. Very cool event.


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    DJ

    That is bizzare.

    Last Sunday (same day as your pics) when returning from BassPro with my wife and kids.

    An exact copy of your snapper was 2 ft into the road near our house.

    It seemed to be sunning himself.

    Kids wanted to stop so I parked the yukon and we all got out to get a closer look.

    Man was that turtle huge. It seemed OK and when trying to move him off of the road, we noticed that his lower jaw was split and he couldn't bite down hard enough on the stick to grab ahold of it.

    Anyway I pushed him with my foot off of the road and back down the road's bank.

    He could strike out about 8 inches. Funny how even though I knew he couldn't really bite with the bad lower jaw, I could not help but jump back a little each time he snapped at my boot. I think I am hard wired to dodge snake-looking heads-that lunge at me.

    Very neat beasts and the kids had a really big time checking him out. The folks driving by must have thought we were crazy.

    :)