Saturday, September 8, 2012

Saturday Snapshot - Snapping Turtle


This snapping turtle was in the bushes at the side of my mother's retirement home parking lot. There's a river nearby, but we weren't exactly expecting to see this guy. I took a quick picture and then jumped into my car. As much as I like the outdoors, it's encounters like this and this that have me wondering how I even leave the house. 

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28 comments:

Paulita said...

Trish, The snake would keep me in the house; the turtle, I could probably outrun.Here's Mine

Rebecca said...

Cool photo! I love when I come across a turtle. They are so unique. Have a great week!
Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I don't often come across things like this...not here in this city. But when I lived in the foothills, there were surprising creatures.

Thanks for sharing...and here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

Margaret @ BooksPlease said...

We don't get creatures like this near us - fortunately. Glad you were OK.

Louise said...

I love seeing turtles, snakes not so much.... Interesting shot thanks.

BookishTimes said...

the turtle is super cute, we never things like that in the city but the snake would have freaked the life out of me, lol. **Old Follower**

Jackie/Jake said...

Turtle would be ok but definitely not a snake!

Book Savvy Babe said...

aww, while a turtle is definitely a surprise, at least its a kind of fun one :) Book Savvy Babe

Alyce said...

I can understand you running away - I've heard about the damage that those snapping turtles can cause. I think turtles in general are cute though.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Good pic! I am not afraid of turtles, I usually pick them up and help them across the road to avoid the "SQUISH!" Of course, I dont think I have ever encountered a snappy turtle....

Esme said...

That turtle is pretty neat.

Wrighty said...

We've found some turtles in strange places over the years too, especially after the creek was high. They may be slow but they're strong!

Great photo! I love the great outdoors but some critters are best admired from a distance! :)

bermudaonion said...

We have lots of turtles around here too!

DCMetroreader said...

Growing up we had a turtle. Myrtle, that I guess was a snapping one, b/c she looked a lot like your picture. Great shot!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

How do you tell a snapping turtle from a box turtle....stupid question I GUESS! lol

Quixotic Magpie said...

Aww how cute! I love turtles! It would probably startle me if I saw one just on the loose like this though.

Barbara said...

I agree... I would not want to encounter a snapping turtle up close and personal!!

Cipriano said...

What a great shot of Mortimer Turtle.
On the bright side, it's always better to happen upon a turtle in that parking lot than say... a wandering inmate!

Trish, I must be getting to "know" you quite well in the blog-context already, because before I even clicked on your link there [the word "this"] I KNEW I was going to see that darn snake again!

Christine Harding said...

You folks have such a range of wildlife near your homes.. not sure I could cope with the snake though! My Snapshot is at http://goo.gl/g4s6H

Bev Hankins said...

Wow...certainly seems like he's roamed a little far from home. Cool picture, though!

Thanks for stopping by mine.

Irene said...

Such great outdoor adventures.

Susan Lindquist said...

I'm not a fan of snapping turtles either ... they can get so big and they do a real number on the ducking and water bird population if they get established in a pond or wetland ...

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

I'd use the zoom lens to get a photo of a snapping turtle! Although I've never encountered one I hear they can be nasty.

Kailana said...

Oh! What a great find!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Snappy♫ How serendipitous to snap a photo of a snapping turtle♪

laughingwolf said...

cool, a snap of a snapping turtle ;)

when we were young a foolish [just foolish today], my not-as-yet brother-in-law and i used to go skinny dipping in various ponds/creeks in the chippawa area, near niagara falls... he told me snapping turtles were around, up to 35-40 lb... luckily, none decided to taste us at the time...

laughingwolf said...

oh, crap... i see i am not the first to mention 'snaps'! :P

Nan said...

Will a snapping turtle chase you, or just snap if you bother it? Not as scary as 'your' snake!