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  •  This is speculation, right? (9+ / 0-)

    He was crossing my driveway. I could have named him Mitch. I could have named him Shirley.

    And don't call me Shirley!

    I must say he was camera-shy. Every time I approached to get a better picture of his head, he pulled back into his shell. So maybe he is Mitch after all. One cannot speculate.

    Be careful, future Senator Grimes.

    Snapping turtles have very long and flexible necks. Grabbing a Mitch-turtle by the tail is risky.

    Except that future KY Senator Grimes knows that old Mitch's bite is very weak.

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 10:19:13 AM PDT

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    •  That's a mean looking turtle (2+ / 0-)
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      We have a delightful red eared slider turtle who has been part of our family for over 20 years, and she looks like a sweetheart compared to that snapper.

      Compared to McConnell too, now that I think of it.

      •  This is relatively young snapper (0+ / 0-)

        His shell is about 9 1/2 or 10 inches. That's moss or some  variety of fungi growing on his shell. He's been around the block, but he's not as old as your Red Eared Slider.

        The Snapper's nasty reputation is probably understated, especially when they're out of the water. If they hiss at you, it's a threat. If they don't hiss, they are more likely to attack. Not only can they bite off a finger (this one is big enough to do that), all four legs have very sharp claws that can shred and cut deeply. And they are surprisingly agile and attack quickly.

        OTOH, they make excellent turtle soup.

        I escorted one across a busy road in MN a few years ago that had about an 18" shell. I happened to have some fishing gear in the car and scooped him up in a fishing net.

        I've seen many huge snappers while fishing in ponds and lakes in NH, WI, MN, and yes, KY. Kentucky Lake, in fact. I've only fished there once and the weather spooked the fish. It's a gorgeous place, regardless. Hundreds of boatloads of eager fisherfolks caught a total of 4 small fish that day. But everyone reported seeing Snapping Turtles going after their live bait and biting through fishing lines.

        "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

        by GrumpyOldGeek on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 12:35:19 PM PDT

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