Saturday, 25 June 2011

Snapping dangers - why did the turtle cross the road?

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Most cross to find suitable places to lay their eggs. They like to dig a hole and bury the eggs.
There are places where you can come across almost a dozen at on time. It happens in spring.

The K & P trail (Kingston & Pembroke) is a good one. Here is a photo of the Old Nipissing Trail. Great places to walk and see Ontario.

Meantime, I was driving east to see if I could snap some photos of our local heron rookery. A bit far off, but some reasonable shots.

mother of all turtles

What was I thinking?

Turtle seasonMy friends warn me: snappers both snap and pee at would-be rescuers. 
This little guy, nothing like the BIG one I found in Long Lake, as big as a coffee table. 

I could see something down the highway

some went into the other lane to avoid her

car after car on a busy cottage country road

Getting closer, I felt sick.

Now what?!

A man stopped, tried to move her with his windshield scraper!

back of its shell was damaged


RNSANE said...

How very sad. I'm sure so many are killed by traffic. Lots of unborn snapping turtles, too.

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fjällripan said...

Great post! Oh I feel so sorry for all the ones who get driven over ( I dont know how to write it in english) The turtles are beautiful and so wonderful that you have them in your nature .

Unknown said...

Did it escape? Boom & gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Kay said...

I've heard that snapper are dangerous too, but PEE? Wow! That's the first time I've heard of that one. That's a huge turtle!

Kim, USA said...

So many snappers get crush in the middle of the road if the drivers can't see them. Too bad they walk too slow. ^_^

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W.C.Camp said...

I am kind of afraid of those snapping turtles esp. if they plan on using me as a toilet - though I would not like to see one hit on a highway. W.C.C.

Jenn Jilks said...

@Gary, don't know.
Good question.
We got it back to our side of the road and left. Truly, I think it was headed to the opposite side either TO lay eggs, or having laid eggs.
I just couldn't stand in traffic anymore.
It's a dog eat dog world!