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I wanted to share the turtle tail with you all, and, also, experimenting with Flickr's blog utility.

Snapping Turtle
Originally uploaded by k8cre8

This is the turtle I happened upon while visiting the cemetery. I really almost didn't notice him.

I was in my car, driving through the western most edge of the cemetery, which, admittedly, is not an area I'd visited before. I was stopped in the car, and saw something move just up the slight hill about 50 feet away.

There was a white line on the edge of the object, and I though "skunk" at first, but, it was moving parallel to the line, and then, I remembered that skunks are nocturnal, so, that probably was wrong. It was moving too quickly to be something fluttering in the breeze.

But, about that moment, it sorta stopped moving.

I watched a moment. Then it moved just a little bit. I thought it must be like some squirrel or something savaging in a refuse bag, and only emerging occasionally.

Then, all motion stopped. Again. Without motion, it sorta looked like a rock from the car.

By this point, I had no clue what I could be looking at, and curiosity got the best of me, so, I grabbed the camera, and approached somewhat cautiously.

I finally got close enough to see the thing, and, lo-and-behold! It was a turtle! He was big, easily the biggest turtle I've seen in the wild (admittedly, I've seen only like 2).

By the time I'd gotten close enough to snap the picture, he (and, well, I didn't probe into "his actual" he-ness, but, I'm going with it) was eying me, but, not moving. He'd gone into "I'mnothere-I'mnothere- I'marockdon'tlookatme-I'marock" mode.

I snapped the picture. and took a step back. He sorta cocked his head at me. Then he blinked.

I took another step or two back. He must've decided I was harmless, and stopped watching me directly. Then, he started into "flight" mode, which really meant he moved one leg like he was moving on. So, I did too.

At home, I decided to try and figure out what kind of turtle this was, and learned he's a snapping turtle. Glad I kept my distance.

Date: 2009-06-19 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swimswithfrogs.livejournal.com
I still love the turtle story! The boys were asleep by the time I managed to get on the computer after grocery shopping, so I'll show them Aunt Kate's turtle tomorrow. Awesome. :D

Date: 2009-06-19 04:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aka-becker.livejournal.com
In (I think) 6th grade, my friend and I found this giant snapping turtle at the creek near my house and I carried it all the way to the bus stop (5 or 6 blocks) and it didn't move, but it was at least a square foot in size. Once I got it to the bus stop and put it down, then it got cranky. Scared the crap out of everyone. I had no clue what kind of turtle it was until later. It was a long time ago and it seemed enormous at the time. I basicaly looked like this coming to the busstop:

Date: 2009-06-19 05:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] k8cre8.livejournal.com
Holy Crap! You totally win. Wow.

Granted, I doubt they get that big in Colorado, but, until I saw mine, I didn't know we had larger turtles in the state. Mine was a midget compared to that one. Denver's apparently just barely in the territory range for the snapping turtle in the state. It likes the eastern plains more than the elevation.

Date: 2009-06-19 05:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aka-becker.livejournal.com
Now, keep in mind two details, this was 1981, so that was a very long time ago and the details can be a little sketchy. And two, I was 12, so I was much smaller than I am now so the turtle is closer in proportion to my size then than my size now. ;) But it was big enough that I was holding it from the sides and it couldn't reach my hands with its claws, but it didn't really try until after we scared all the girls at the bus stop. (One of the only mean things I did in my school career)


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