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Speaking of Nature

There’s no legitimate reason to despise snapping turtles

As with most snapping turtle encounters, I spotted this turtle while it was crossing a road. I shepherded the turtle off the pavement and then took this photo at ground level.
As with most snapping turtle encounters, I spotted this turtle while it was crossing a road. I shepherded the turtle off the pavement and then took this photo at ground level.
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John Muir once wrote that “none of Nature’s landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild.” One could easily extend that thought to “Nature’s creatures.” I speak of this so you might be more open-minded the next time you see a snapping turtle. One of the most universally despised animals of our area, the snapping turtle is also one of the most common and most successful. Yet, to love a thing you must know ...


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CarolynMB
June 2, 2013
8:48 a.m.

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Very recently we had a large snapper headed for the pond (and the fish in it). We transported him/her to another water area. We put it in a large bucket, rested a pail on top to keep from being"snapped". He/she climbed out of the bucket without tipping it over or pushing the upper pail out. A fascination to realize the strength and capability of this slow-motion animal.

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