We Just Never Know

4.29.2012

Hope everyone had a super weekend. I worked in the yard all day Saturday and part of Sunday. Mowing the yard, digging up a gazillion dandelions, freshening up the pine straw, etc. So much to do. We are working on a garden, too. Woo hoo! I will share how that is coming along later.

 Mr. Savvy had gone out before me today and then the phone rings. He is calling me from his cell phone to tell me that a good samaritan had stopped his car and got out and picked up something from the road and placed it in our yard. What is it? I grabbed my camera and took these shots. And no, it is not a snake.


It is a huge snapping turtle and I am not sure that person knows what he picked up, but it could have easily snapped off a finger very quickly.

This turtle was coming over to our pond and the guy helped him on across so he wouldn't get killed by a car. Thanks, fella, but we really don't want him in our pond.

Look at that tail! They are also called an alligator turtle and you can see why.

Here he is making a run for the pond after the mister quit holding him back with a shovel. You should have seen him biting the shovel.

We put him in this box and then he was later carried off to another creek away from our house.

While the big turtle was sitting in the box all of a sudden Mr. Savvy spots this little guy in our back yard. We were working on the garden and this tiny one goes strolling by. Wow, a big one and now another one all within a few minutes.

Well, this is a baby snapping turtle. See the spiked ridge on the back. Sure sign of a snapping turtle.

The mister was brave enough to man handle this little one. Isn't he cute?

Cute for now, but will look like this in a few years. Look at those claws!

And we had these visitors back this morning, too. 

At least these are much prettier to watch.

We just never know what is going to show up around here.

Oh, and Mr. Savvy thought he would straddle the little creek, which is the run off from the pond, and cut the weeds growing down both sides. Oops! Got stuck and we will need help getting it out. 

Such is life in the country or what used to be the country before they built Walmart down the road.

Hope everyone has a super week!

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42 comments:

  1. I'm looking for a turtle for our courtyard, but definitely NOT a snapping turtle. We had one when we lived on a farm. It hung out at the creek. Even our dog was afraid of it. Life is much simpler living in a townhouse. We had those mower issues, too. It was either getting stuck or breaking down. Life is easier now.

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  2. Oh how sweet of that man Kim!
    I love turtles. We had lots of snappers back home but Vancouver Island has none!!!
    Those are Canadian Geese in your pond and as a huge animal lover i hate to say this but those birds are terrible. They ruin everything with their poop. Golf courses, parks and now they are doing serious harms to our lakes back in Ontario. Too bad their meat wasn't a delicacy!

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  3. Your pond is certainly popular with the reptiles! Ha! I prefer the geese too. It's hard to believe that anything ugly could be lurking around that pretty pond. Glad it wasn't another snake though!

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  4. those are nasty creatures. they can kill/eat small ducks and completely destroy a pond habitat. glad you got rid of that critter. Hope your hubby takes it easy on that mower. He sounds like he's someone that's hard to keep "down". rest up!!

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  5. Oh my! We have Snapping Turtles here at Silo Hill Farm in Missouri and they are just nasty mean! Powerful jaws too! Don't you just love a day working out on your property? Nice post and great pics! (Loved the stuck lawn mower one....been there..done that!!)

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  6. Kim, you have your very own wildlife preserve (even with some unwelcome guests) plus a Walmart down the road. I would call that "Utopia"! xo

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  7. Love the tiny turtle. We had a huge snapper that lived in our garage for a while. I would scream every time I saw him. I knew he lived there but it still always startled me.

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  8. Wow! Glad your hubby got the turtles before they hit the pond. Sorry, but the geese carry problems also. They are usually very aggressive, quick to attack and leave "their mess" behind. Still better than snakes. :D
    Have a great week.

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  9. Oh my gosh that baby is so tiny!! I'm glad you were able to take them someplace where they belong. I love these stories of yours - make my suburban life seem tame!

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  10. We have a creek in our development and ever summer we see a snapping turtle cross the street but I've never seen a baby one! How cute!!

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  11. I saw the same thing after we had the tornados in the Dallas area weeks ago. I was with my neighbor and jumped out of the truck to take a picture but told her if it started coming towards me I was going to run...lol. They are UGLY and SCARY!! We found a little one like ya did too about 20 years ago. After escaping from the aquarium countless times and growing to about 8" long he was released into a nearby creek.

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  12. Thanks for showing me what a snapping turtle looks like, I didn't know. We have had a couple of small turtles at our pond too. The geese are a HUGE MESS!!! They leave their poop everywher, it is horrible. They are pretty but I hope they go away. We got the POD about 2/3 full today! XO, Pinky

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  13. Wow and I was surprised with my little turtle on Friday! Yours way kind of scary looking. I'm glad you pointed out what a snapping turtle looks like, as I've never seen one. Thanks.

    Gretchen

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  14. The baby snapping turtle is pretty cute, but i have to agree the grown-up versions - not so much!

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  15. These turtles are really dangerous! They can cut off fingers and toes. We used to vacation at a certain pond on Cape Cod and had to abandon it after a few years of going there because too many snappers moved in. They can really ruin a beautiful place. No mercy for them as far as I'm concerned! Linda

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  16. Nasty critters. My ex in-laws used to have a pond with the most beautiful mallards, and these beasts ended up killing every one of them once they invaded. Good thing to haul them away. Although I guess if I had to choose it would be these over the snakes. LOL

    Happy gardening. I have little sprouts coming up right now. I still gotta get my potato condo going. Have you read about those? Google it if not. You will be fascinated and most likely have to have one too. :)

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  17. Now I'm going to have to put on steel toe work boots before I haul my kayak out into the water! Yikes, I'd hate to step on one of those!

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  18. Beautiful photos Kim. I love the baby turtle...awwwww!

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  19. Kim, You've had all kinds of critters in your yard recently! Give me a turtle any day over the snakes. xo, Sherry

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  20. I had a huge turttle last summer not snapping. They need to be where they need to be, not on hwy 54, but not snapping at the koi either

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  21. My husband dug up a fir tree/bush along our walkway today and beneath it's branches he found a box turtle shell. No one was home though.. the resident turtle had moved out.

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  22. Oh my goodness look at that itty bitty turtle so cute!

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  23. Wow Kim! Your pond sure is a popular place for all the creatures to hang out. Did you get rid of most of the snakes? That big snapping turtle sure looked scary!

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  24. Oh my! Kim, you've got some really great pictures for animal planet! Wow! Your husband trying to straddle that with his tractor, that just cracks me up! Great post, as always!

    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  25. Well, you certainly had a "turtley"
    day. I have to admit, I've done the same thing about stopping for a turtle, though.

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  26. Wow! Lots of excitement your way. Glad the big turtle didn't get hit. That little one is so tiny and cute,too. I'm glad you got the picture of it with your husband holding him. I never would have thought it was so small. I remember when I was a little girl, you could buy a little turtle ( not a snapping turtle) at Elmore's for 25 cents. It was about that same size.

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  27. Yikes - we had a massive snapping turtle hanging around our yard when the kids were tiny. The animal control guy refused to remove it because they're so nasty and ill tempered. I have to tell you though, that baby is way too cute. I didn't get a sense of how small it was until you showed the photo of your husband holding it. ADORABLE!!!

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  28. I did not know that a turtle could be so dangerous...thinking of sea turtles. We have brown bears where I am now in the mountains....look cute but dangerous. Hope I don;t have turtle nightmares tonight :)

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  29. That pond draws in lots of critters!! Those geese are just beautiful sitting so gracefully on the water. Glad you found the snappers a new home. ;) blessings ~ tanna

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  30. Yep.....Bobby G. has pulled some mean huuuuuuge hissing snappers out of our lake. You sure won't catch me swimming in it since I know what's swimming under water. LOL....this is the time of the year when the turtles come out and crawl way out to the pastures and lay their eggs. Later, we will find tiny baby turtles in the pool. They think they have made it back to the lake. Life on the water...there is always something interesting happening. Have a great week Kim.

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  31. Last time it was nasty snakes! You have so much wildlife in your yard!!!

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  32. Oh my gosh. These were in the farm pond, too!

    J always did the mowing at the farm on a pretty good sized mower. I told him I could do the yard, but he said, no I would put the mower in the pond. Yes, you guessed it. J did put the mower in the pond....at least once that I recall.;-)

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  33. Yikes. You definitely don't want snapping turtles in your pond. Thanks for relocating them, though. I remember when we used to live by a lake and one got in my elderly neighbor's storage closet. He somehow tied a string around its neck and led it down to the pond.

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  34. Oh, the joys of living "in the country"....There seems to be so many of them "crossing the road" here lately...yes, you are right..people do not realize that they can snap your finger right off...and the geese?..they are beautiful, but certainly have been "pesky critters" around here!!...

    Glad you had a very productive weekend!

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  35. Well that little snapper is much cuter than any baby that slithers. I'm starting to think you live in the Everglades!

    ~Bliss~

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  36. Oh my, I know how you feel!
    Last night we had two owls, at 2am keeping me awake, and then the coyotes started their party! It's like the wild kingdom out here!

    I can't believe how big that snapping turtle was! I'm glad you found him a new home. ;-)

    xo-Lisa

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  37. OMG, an alligator snapping turtle. No, you definitely don't want him in your pond. Glad he was saved and glad you found him a new home.

    I walked out my door one morning to find a large box turtle by my door. I suspect someone put him there because they knew I was an animal resucer. I brought him to the park where there were lots of ponds, etc.

    I once stopped traffic to help a turtle cross a road. Had a bunch of angry drivers honking at me. Isn't that horrible? People are in too much of a hurry to stop and help an animal in the road.

    I once stopped traffic to help a mama duck and babies get across a busy 3 lane highway. Mom duck didn't realize the babies could not jumup up high enough to clear the curb, so I helped each of them up.

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  38. After Mr. trapped him, the turtle was no longer a Snapping Turtle, he was a BOX Turtle. LOL.
    Have a great week.
    Blessings, Ginger

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  39. I am learning so much about our dangerous local wildlife thanks to your blog! Who knew! :)

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  40. Oh my gosh Kim - this brings back memories of my husband capturing a very large snapper in our back yard as it was heading towards our neighbors' daycare! We were thankful we discovered it before the toddlers did. That thing grabbed the 2 x 4 my husband was guiding the thing with and flung it a good distance; hubby managed to get it into the back of his pick up with the cab top to keep it in and as we drove it to a river it was migrating to the thing was jumping and crawling up the back window! Snappers are ex
    tremely dangerous and my husband didn't want it in our backyard pond eiher!!!! I'm glad no one was hurt on your end or ours!!! Congrats on the magazine pics also!
    Sincerely Jeannette

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  41. My goodness! I'm glad you were able to get the snapper to another location, Kim. Between that and the cotton mouths, you've got quite the menagerie there!

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