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Ed, Ego and Superego
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« on: July 01, 2008, 02:27:30 PM »

I was reading the local paer and saw this:
Giant snapping turtles cropping up in mid-valley

http://www.gazettetimes.com/articles/2008/07/01/news/community/6aaa04_snappingturtle.txt

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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2008, 03:42:53 PM »

Man, if they are that freaked out by a regular snapper, I wonder what they would do if one of our good old Southern Alligator Snappers made its way up there . . .?  Those guys can weigh ove 200 pounds!!
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2008, 05:45:15 PM »

About 20 years ago, I encountered a snapping turtle stopped in the middle of the road, perhaps resting as he crawled across the quiet but high-speed road, and I pulled over to assist the bugger across...  At first I was unsure what it was, but Oh, that was a BIG UGLY turtle, he must have weighed 50 lbs., and as he snapped at me and my friend, he jumped in the air... I imagine he maybe jumped 8 inches or so, and we sure jumped back!!  The thing was extremely aggressive.  My friend and I found a branch and carefully nudged the turtle into the shallow ditch he seemed headed toward, and wouldn't yah know if he didn't immediately start climbing back toward the road.   Hatred   Question  We left.  
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2008, 06:27:36 PM »

Man, if they are that freaked out by a regular snapper, I wonder what they would do if one of our good old Southern Alligator Snappers made its way up there . . .?  Those guys can weigh ove 200 pounds!!

Alligator snappers. I remember getting a good, close look at one of those at the zoo. Not something I'd want to meet without the barrier between us.

But that snapper in the picture looks no bigger than any I've seen. Looks like a nasty little bugger, but hardly a monster.
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2008, 06:46:51 PM »

Hey, in Oregon we are blessed by a lack of bad weather or nasty critters (minus hippies).   So we have to take what we can get!
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2008, 07:01:09 PM »

Quote from: STUPID NEWSPAPER
Tom Carroll laughed that he had screamed like a little girl when he first picked up the turtle. But who could blame him? After all, the amphibian was 20 inches long and weighed 20 pounds. And it was trying to bite him.

Since when the hell was a turtle a amphibian? On my planet it's a reptile! Morons! Does this paper not have a fact checker?

Snapper are common around here, both the common regulars and alligators.
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2008, 07:32:10 PM »

OH NO!  IT'S GAMERA!!!
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2008, 10:32:16 AM »

 Buggedout

Yikes: that mouth! I DO NOT want that thing to bite me.  Buggedout
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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2008, 10:37:26 AM »

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Man, if they are that freaked out by a regular snapper, I wonder what they would do if one of our good old Southern Alligator Snappers made its way up there . . .?  Those guys can weigh ove 200 pounds!!

Yeah, my first thought when I saw the photo was "Aaaw. Lookit the cute baby!"  TeddyR

We have a huge alligator snapper that lives in our creek. He crawls up to the yard when ever there's a heavy rain to wait it out. He's at least twice as big as the one in the photo, if not larger. It drives the dogs crazy, but they've learned to keep their distance. Everytime I see him the ten year old in me comes out and I have to try to make him bite a stick - which he always obligingly does.

We were always told if one bit you it wouldn't let go until it thundered, even if you cut its head off. We later wondered where all the people were wandering around with snappers attached to their hands waiting for a thunderstorm. We finally concluded they must be too embarrassed to go out in public like that.
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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2008, 11:15:29 AM »

These are the guys you don't want to play with ... these guy looks to be about 100 lbs.



Not me, just a google image. I seen bigger at Reelfoot Lake and the swamps around here ... no I'm not going to catch one.



I just re read that article and in addition to not knowing a amphibian from a reptile. I don't think there biologist know the diet of a snapping turtle, they claimed it ENDANGERS ducks and ducklings ... I snapper lays on the bottom with its mouth open and has a little appendage in it's mouth that looks like a worm and fish swim into it's mouth to get the worm and BAM the mouth SNAPS shut soon as it feels a bite on the worm like appendage.

If I recall ducks eat mainly shore grasses and algae. The snapper is a opportunist not a stalker. Never heard of a snapper eating a duck, but it is Oregon and things are different out there.
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« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2008, 01:55:55 PM »

Quote from: STUPID NEWSPAPER
Tom Carroll laughed that he had screamed like a little girl when he first picked up the turtle. But who could blame him? After all, the amphibian was 20 inches long and weighed 20 pounds. And it was trying to bite him.

Since when the hell was a turtle a amphibian? On my planet it's a reptile! Morons! Does this paper not have a fact checker...?
Now you know why my "head explodes" when there is no editing.  "Fact checking" would be an editor's job, or a job the editor would delegate. 
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« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2008, 04:29:55 PM »




That pic should go over to Humorous Captions. Very inspiring.
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« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2008, 05:11:56 PM »




That pic should go over to Humorous Captions. Very inspiring.


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« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2008, 05:21:42 PM »




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« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2008, 08:11:36 PM »

Quote from: STUPID NEWSPAPER
Tom Carroll laughed that he had screamed like a little girl when he first picked up the turtle. But who could blame him? After all, the amphibian was 20 inches long and weighed 20 pounds. And it was trying to bite him.

Since when the hell was a turtle a amphibian? On my planet it's a reptile! Morons! Does this paper not have a fact checker...?
Now you know why my "head explodes" when there is no editing.  "Fact checking" would be an editor's job, or a job the editor would delegate. 

I wrote the writer of the article and this is the reply ...

I said  ... "A turtle is NOT a amphibian, it's a reptile."

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Yep.

What can I say except that I didn't make that error, and our copydesk
now is well aware of this interesting bit of wildlife biology.

ko

I replied ...

You wrote the article, you own the error. Don't pass the buck.
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