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Old Aug 30, 2011, 1:35 PM   #1
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This is the first time I have seen one and they are quite large and prehistoric looking.
It was on the road to a park and someone said not to get near it or you could lose a finger.



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Alligator snappers are QUICK!! They won't hesitate to bite you. One made its way into the "cement pond" where the American Bittern picture was taken. It's eating my fish but I haven't been able to catch it yet.
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How big was this guy, hard to tell from the shot.

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OMG, I saw some youtube videos .
As I was taking the pictures a couple drove by and the girl was somewhat hysterical.

With a loud voice she said she would never get out of the car with one of those around, they will bite off your (expletive) finger off and she went on and on while the car drove past until her voice faded in the distance. (She may have mentioned alligator snapper but all I heard was snapper.)

I'm thinking it's just a stupid turtle, whats with the drama! After all it just sat there.
I continued to get as close as possible for those shots and went on my way.

I kind of remember snapper turtles but have never seen one but at the time was thinking this is the Sherman Tank of snappers.

I'm sure glad it didn't bite me because it sure could have.

Cheers, still ten toed and fingered.
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@ jjdog The maple seeds on his shell is the clue.
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@ jjdog The maple seeds on his shell is the clue.
So a good-sized maple seed is maybe 2 -3 inches. Wow, that is a big boy.

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Yes, very noticeable as in big turtle. Apparently very mean.
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Hi Loren,
........that is a good looking snapper and good size too.

A couple weeks back I spotted one at the pond in one of our city parks. I wasn't quick enough to 'snap' photos of it, partly because I just stood there watching it. The turtle is bigger than any I've seen of many. I plan to get some photos of it soon now that I know where it lives.

It is good you did not attempt patting this fellow, they can do damage. When I was a youngster I once got one to chomp down on a stick and I dragged that turtle 1/2 mile across a couple pastures all the way home, it never let go of the stick.
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Few years back we had one about 14-16 inches across it's shell laying eggs in out backyard.
My 40 pound dog went up to it, and stuck her nose in it's face to smell it.
I was across the yard, and unaware of the turtle at the time. I heard a yelp, of both pain and surprise, turned in time to see both my dog and something big and black, landing.
The turtle must have grabbed hold of her, and she jumped, turtle and all.
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Thirty years ago I caught this one crossing the road. He snapped at me a few times until I got around behind and grabbed him by the tail.
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