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(CNN)   Virginia, looking jealously at Kentucky, gets its own geriatric turtle   (edition.cnn.com) divider line
    More: Repeat, Common Snapping Turtle, alligator snapping turtle, Turtles, Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, aquatic creatures, species, lifelong commitment, Fairfax County  
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2020-06-19 4:56:38 AM  
No disc on its back?
 
2020-06-19 4:57:41 AM  
years ago I pulled off Rt.23 in Sussex Cty NJ USA to help a huge turtle that was walking onto the highway. Luckily a fellow stopped and joined me. I had no idea turtles were dangerous and he explained the damn thing could have easily bit my hand off. He gave it a stick, it bit, and we crossed the turtle to where it wanted to go. He thought I wanted it for soup and was going to help me put it in my car!
 
2020-06-19 5:23:05 AM  
I am looking to be angry is this the worst thing hes done
 
2020-06-19 5:56:15 AM  
I helped escort a big snapper across the road the other day. She was hanging out in the middle of the road. I got my square nose shovel and went to see if I could help.

I tried to get behind her to scoop her up with the shovel; but, she wasn't having any of that. Eventually, I used my shovel to scoot her out of the road.

/ she bit my shovel a couple of times, but it was a very successful turtle rescue
 
2020-06-19 6:03:48 AM  
We already have one .
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2020-06-19 6:07:01 AM  
Lord Fairfax certainly has more charm.
 
2020-06-19 6:07:26 AM  

iheartscotch: I helped escort a big snapper across the road the other day. She was hanging out in the middle of the road. I got my square nose shovel and went to see if I could help.

I tried to get behind her to scoop her up with the shovel; but, she wasn't having any of that. Eventually, I used my shovel to scoot her out of the road.

/ she bit my shovel a couple of times, but it was a very successful turtle rescue


Glad you're okay. Those geriatric snapping turtles can be nästii.

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2020-06-19 6:28:14 AM  
nah, a 65 pounder is a mere tween in alligator snapper terms. these awesome critters are known to live over 100 years and weigh over 200 pounds.

and this is clearly morla the ancient one's kid brother:

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CSB- i found my first mature gopher tortoise last week, in a beachside parking lot. nearly stepped on him as he crawled out from under my car while i was loading stuff into the back seat.. got him off the lot and into the brush right away.

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2020-06-19 6:30:51 AM  
Another repeat.
 
2020-06-19 6:40:47 AM  
If you watched The Zoo on Animal Planet you would have seen last week their alligator snapping turtle whose name is Bowser. The director of the Zoo picked him up like it was nothing by his shell, with one hand behind his head and the other above his tail.
 
2020-06-19 7:00:57 AM  

LesterB: If you watched The Zoo on Animal Planet you would have seen last week their alligator snapping turtle whose name is Bowser. The director of the Zoo picked him up like it was nothing by his shell, with one hand behind his head and the other above his tail.


Alligator snapping turtles have a very immobile head and neck.

Common snapping turtles... not so much. Pick them up by the back of the shell.
 
2020-06-19 7:45:15 AM  

luna1580: nah, a 65 pounder is a mere tween in alligator snapper terms. these awesome critters are known to live over 100 years and weigh over 200 pounds.

and this is clearly morla the ancient one's kid brother:

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CSB- i found my first mature gopher tortoise last week, in a beachside parking lot. nearly stepped on him as he crawled out from under my car while i was loading stuff into the back seat.. got him off the lot and into the brush right away.

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I want to use this fellows pic for my drivers license, he's better looking than i am.
 
2020-06-19 7:46:17 AM  
Honestly Virginia, had you only asked we would have given him to you.
 
2020-06-19 8:19:04 AM  

BarefootInTheFark: Honestly Virginia, had you only asked we would have given him to you.


No thanks we like politicians that actually work.... still trying to find anyone else in history that filibustered themselves.
 
2020-06-19 8:25:38 AM  
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Is it waiting for the Nothing?
 
2020-06-19 9:32:52 AM  
In my random hiking meanderings I once stumbled upon this snapping turtle that was so out of place.  Like three miles from any water.  I actually attempted some kind of human-turtle telepathic communication if it wanted help. In the end I just said fark it I'm going to lose a hand if I carry this mofo
 
2020-06-19 10:29:09 AM  
I don't understand why every resource shows the alligator snapper as being a deep south only species.

If you visit more than a few ponds in eastern Virginia and North Carolina you will find them.  I saw a forty or fifty pounder in a drainage ditch near my house about two weeks ago.

This is not some 21st century invasion.  When I was a kid before Nixon we infrequently caught smaller ones in the Great Dismal Swamp, and at New Bern in North Carolina.

/And no, it's not some confusion with the common snapper
//Alligator snappers are to common snappers like the General Lee was to my cousin's kryloned Charger.
///They are amazing, unmistakable turtles
 
2020-06-19 12:43:44 PM  
I told you that Pokémon Go was real but no one would believe me.
 
2020-06-19 2:01:12 PM  
At least, here in Virginia, we're smart enough to not give our geriatric turtle any political authority.
 
2020-06-19 5:35:13 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: At least, here in Virginia, we're smart enough to not give our geriatric turtle any political authority.


Yeah.  You only elected a blackface wearing clownshoe.
 
2020-06-19 7:12:34 PM  

thrasherrr: I don't understand why every resource shows the alligator snapper as being a deep south only species.

If you visit more than a few ponds in eastern Virginia and North Carolina you will find them.  I saw a forty or fifty pounder in a drainage ditch near my house about two weeks ago.

This is not some 21st century invasion.  When I was a kid before Nixon we infrequently caught smaller ones in the Great Dismal Swamp, and at New Bern in North Carolina.

/And no, it's not some confusion with the common snapper
//Alligator snappers are to common snappers like the General Lee was to my cousin's kryloned Charger.
///They are amazing, unmistakable turtles


There used to be a few in my part of Southern Maryland.  I almost hit one, and I think it would have totaled my car. I put on my blinkers and helped encourage it across the road.  It was very bitey on the long stick I was using.
 
2020-06-19 7:26:22 PM  

PapermonkeyExpress: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: At least, here in Virginia, we're smart enough to not give our geriatric turtle any political authority.

Yeah.  You only elected a blackface wearing clownshoe.


Even so, 1,000 times better than any Republican.  Look at the legislative agenda passed and signed since then.
 
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