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Old Apr 15, 2010, 7:31 PM   #1
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Default Why Did The Turtle Cross The Road??

Don't get out much lately, but there are some shots you can get from the car.

Found this Snapping Turtle crossing the blacktop today heading back to the swamp with cars and trucks doing their best not to hit it.

FWIW, my card reader scrambled the images on my card today (I hate CF cards) and a program called CardRescue recovered every one of them in record time, I was impressed.



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Nice Snapper Tom..Question...did he make it? I saw an Alligator Snapping Turtle at the aquarium in New Orleans some thirty years ago that weighed 200+ pounds.
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 10:10 PM   #3
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Nice pix...that Snapping Turtle, just exudes prehistory and power...check out the size of those claws.
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That's a big one. Do you still have all your fingers and toes?
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He/She did make it, but very slowly!

This one was about 40lb, not the largest I have seen but big enough to avoid getting snapped at. I expect it is a she, and was returning from laying eggs in the grass across the road from the swamp.

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I like him, nice job on this capture.
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Why did the turtle cross the road? To provide a photo op, of course! Nice capture, Tom.
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The largest Common Snapping Turtle I saw...was about, I'm guessing 50 lbs. That was back in the '60's at Lake Bronson in Minnesota.

That largest Alligator Snapping Turtle I saw was also in Minnesota. I believe it was at the Mall of America in Minneapolis-St. Paul ...not wandering the Mall, but on display in a very large aquarium at the zoo they have.

I believe the sign indicated that this particular Alligator Snapper weighed in at around 285 lbs....

It is not native to Minnesota as the Common Snapping Turtle is, but I think they live in the Florida area.
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Here is a very interesting page on common Snapping Turtles.

http://www.critterzone.com/magaziner...serpentina.htm

And here is a woman showing a Snapping Turtle in a video-that turtle in the video must be on some sort of sedative, since every one I have seen was nasty on its best day!

http://www.ehow.com/video_4961550_co...tle-facts.html

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And here is a woman showing a Snapping Turtle in a video-that turtle in the video must be on some sort of sedative, since every one I have seen was nasty on its best day!

http://www.ehow.com/video_4961550_co...tle-facts.html
It must be the SWEET potatoes they said it has been raised on (among other things)!
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