Brer Terrapin catches a break

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  1. MickM

    MickM Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Snapper.jpg Found this smelly Snapper almost halfway across a two lane road and stopped to offer some assistance. Critter was more interested in biting thru the steel covering on my shovel handle than accepting help. New construction placed the 10 inch high curb that waited if he would've made it that far but I knew there was a marsh in the direction he was heading and moved him/her about 30 feet off the curb pointed in the right direction. First thing the sucker did was spin around and watched me move back toward my truck. On the way back home I slowed down and saw him headed toward the marsh so I guess it worked out. Sorry for the lousy pic but I was partially blocking one lane and he wasn't exactly being a cooperative subject.[​IMG]
     
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    Good job.
     
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    Bravo!
     
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    That's Great!! I live between to ponds, and find turtles making the trip between the two, but get stuck behind fences. I try and give em a lift if they let me!
     
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    You are the tortuga buddha!

    Where I live I've had to give roadway assistance to a few big old softshell turtles. Like your snapper friend, they also have difficulty expressing gratitude appropriately, but the good karma of a happy ending always makes it worthwhile.
     
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    Cool. For a minute I thought it was about a dead album.
     
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    A few months ago my the kids and I piled in the car to accompany my wife to the recording studio. We had to stop a few hundred yards from our house so we could help a turtle cross the road. Drive to the studio an hour away. She records some more tracks while I hang out with the kids. About 20 minutes into the drive home we spot another turtle trying to cross the road. Pull over, turn around, grab it, and help it across. Two in one day. Was pretty cool.

    Before long it will be the time of year when red efts (the little orange salamanders) start crossing the roads in our neighborhood, so we'll be out helping them across before they get squashed.
     
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    I’ve rescued many a turtle/tortoise in my day, too.
    Haven’t seen many the last couple of years.
    Maybe next spring.
     
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    Well done!
     
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    Good on ya!
     
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    Touche Turtle rides again,, Yay :)

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    ...and that's why you might want to keep a shovel in the back of yer truck
     
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    Coincidentally just reported this one, in a public pond...they do not grow naturally round here, somebody must've dumped the poor thing.
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    Never give a snapping turtle the finger...
     
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    Nice work! I have done the same thing many times! You can only hold the Eastern Snapping Turtle by the tail. Never go near the hind leags, as they can reach around there and get you! Additionally, I was bitten by one when I was young. Thank God it did not take my finger off!
     
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    Yay! Those are double good karma points when you do things like that!
     
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    Yup, but tie that shovel down some way. God forbid you be in a collision, but you do not need that thing flying around. Also no fair, using the shovel to put the creature in the truck bed, so you can take him home and make bisque.

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    That's Highway Etiquette, as I see it. Avoid turtles and snakes - escort turtles to the verge whenever possible. Armadillos and possums? Are on their own, I'm afraid. I am past trying to avoid them and risking going in the ditch. You see, I formally warned them. They know they better get a move on.
     
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    Good on ya! :D
     
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    Nice!
     
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    We typically practice the same thing, brake for turtles, provide escort service when necessary. I keep a pair of heavy gloves under the seat for just such issues.

    Many years ago, I took Miz Diane for her first tour of Cajun country, Lafayette and Hwy 90 in particular. We were following a typically grubby farm truck down Hwy 90 as I was regaling Miz Diane regarding the locals and their habit of eating anything that couldn't outrun them. The truck came to an abrupt stop in the road and the driver jumped out and ran out in front of his truck. He stooped down and when he came around the side where we could see...he had in his hands the biggest snapping turtle either of us had ever seen. He took a second to flip it upside-down and hoisted it into the bed of his truck, turned and waved at us...drove off.

    I just looked at Miz Diane and said, "Gonna be some gumbo tonight!"
     
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