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Old May 16, 2007, 11:37 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I saved a life yesterday -- found this guy wandering around the parking lot a little way from the bird beach. . . luckily I didn't mistake him for a rock and run him over. When I saw what I'd just avoided, I stopped the car, grabbed him carefully, and slid him down the incline to the stream in which the beach is located. I was so worried about getting bitten that I didn't think to take pics of him taking off. By the time I returned with the cam, he was gone. . . I'm a little paranoid about snappers. . .



I was a little worried about this guy because his shell was so dried and weathered looking, but I guess he's okay. . . he wasn't that big, his shell was about 7" long.

I took these shots a few days ago -- one of the biggest snappers I'd ever seen -- he was strolling down a different part of the bird beach stream -- probably came from one of the nearby lakes, but he had to travel overland a bit to get there. This guy is obviously quite a bit older than the parking lot one -- I understand that they can live for 30 years and get to be about 18" long on the shell, and this one was at least that big, and probably that old!



I used the onboard flash to zoom in on the head



Definitely an old-timer -- I obviously didn't get too close to this one!

These guys aren't quite as photogenic as Harriet's Painted Turtles, but they are interesting.

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I love the pattern on the first turtle's head - certainly different than our painted turtles. It's amazing how different the various types are - they seem like so unlikely creatures. I've found that they are actually harder to take goodpictures of than squirrels - there's either reflections from the water, the shells are dull when dry, and they are somewhat reflective so I get blown-out bits against the darker parts. With squirrels (at least the ones in the botanical gardens) all you need is a quick focus and a reasonably fast shutter speed (and it helps to keep an eye on where you are walking - I almost stepped on one once).
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Hi All,

I saved a life yesterday -- found this guy wandering around the parking lot a little way from the bird beach. . . luckily I didn't mistake him for a rock and run him over. When I saw what I'd just avoided, I stopped the car, grabbed him carefully, and slid him down the incline to the stream in which the beach is located. I was so worried about getting bitten that I didn't think to take pics of him taking off. By the time I returned with the cam, he was gone. . . I'm a little paranoid about snappers. . .



I was a little worried about this guy because his shell was so dried and weathered looking, but I guess he's okay. . . he wasn't that big, his shell was about 7" long.
Good job on doing the right thing. I like photos of turtles they have that I don't care attitude in their photos.


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Here is one on her way to lay eggs crossing the lawn.



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Old May 17, 2007, 5:58 PM   #5
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Harriet -- these guys weren't too challenging to shoot -- just snaps really, to remember what I saw -- on the water in the sun, with all the reflections, that's a different story. . . I find squirrels a lot harder -- they're so quick. . . I'm continually frustrated by them.

Roger -- I agree -- oblivious is the word I'd use -- they're probably thinking that we're way too frantic . . .

Tom -- that's an Alligator Snapper, and looks to be a big one! The expression on her face is unreal, and I really like the algae and water plants on her shell. Now that you mention it, the big one that I shot is probably a female looking to find a spot to lay her eggs also -- and I had assumed a male . . .

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Love those turtle shots. Think the first one that was saved, was a map turtle. Very good of you to save that turtle. I wish more people would follow your example.

Nice shots of the common snappers.
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Some interesting turtles there. Tom's is certainly a monster and I don't believe we have similar turtles to Scott's first one here in FL.

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Nice shots, Scott!! Makes me wish I could have gotten my grandpa's recipe for his turtle mulligan....mmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!

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Tom - that's some turtle! Very interesting shot.

Scott - come out to our botanical gardens. Lots of people feed the squirrels, so they are very tame, and my comment about watching where you step actually happened. I had been taking pictures of flowers in a tree and was looking up as I started to walk off. All of a sudden I heard a squirrel telling me off for almost stepping on him - he was hanging around my feet, expecting a hand-out, I think.
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I had been taking pictures of flowers in a tree and was looking up as I started to walk off. All of a sudden I heard a squirrel telling me off for almost stepping on him - he was hanging around my feet, expecting a hand-out, I think.
Harriet -- That creates a very amusing picture in my mind. I've been scolded by squirrels before, and I can imagine this little guy chittering away, with you backing off and apologizing. . .:-)

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