Thursday, May 31, 2007

You say Pliocene, I say Miocene

Yesterday when I was walking home past Owasso Lake this big snapping turtle was crossing the road in front of me. My heart began to pound and I didn't know if I should apathetically walk on by or try to get him/her off the road. Hubris indeed. I don't know about you, but these ancestors of prehistoric reptiles sort of creep me out. So I did a little tribal dance in the street to make him reconsider the route. All that did was annoy him at which point I caught sight of these claws! Just guessing using a fisherman's eye, I'd say the shell was probably 12-14 inches long.

I love that she had a leaf and blade of grass stuck to her shell which is usually the way I leave the house: a stick on price tag stuck to my hip or a coffee spill on my shirt front. When I finally gave up and walked away, looking back I saw this sturdy turtle slowly lift itself on all fours and creep back to the curb in the direction of the lake. Whew. . .not just another pretty face after all!


Marianne said...

Heh, while I do love the tortoise, and the fresh water, and sea turtles...those big snappers..I avoid them like crazy. Wicked strong snappers have they. Yep, feel the same way about the crocodiles and alligators...and ginormous lizards...creeepy.

I'm glad she headed back for the water.

fishing guy said...

Noni: It was a good idea that you avoided the snapping turtle. Even with my experience with them I am very careful. My daughter caught one in the foot while fishing and I made it bight on a stick while I removed the hook. They have a wickedly long neck and can really hurt you.

Thanks for coming to my sight and leaving the link.