“Try to be like the turtle-at ease in your own shell” ~ santiz Bill Copeland
Snapping turtle in Steam Hollow, New York, USA
This turtle had apparently been caught by a fish hook, in the side image close up you can see the hook in his mouth. A kind Postal Worker (yes on duty) helped me to get this large creature off the road, as I was not successful on my own. He was stubborn, and each time I attempted to prod him with a small broom, he fought so hard he flipped to his back! The two of us were able to keep him in one direction back to the water side of the road which he was headed for until we came along. Not the largest I have encountered, but definitely the most cranky!

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  • barnsis
    barnsisover 3 years ago

    Brilliant image of this ancient species, they are on the endangered list I think. I know the Alligator Snappers are.

  • Thanks much, don’t know if they are on the list or not.

    – Pamela Phelps

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 3 years ago

    Another great capture

  • Thank you!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • YouBet
    YouBetover 3 years ago

    Love these pics and these creatures. Fav is on he right here.

  • Thanks so much Linda!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Ayan Ghoshal
    Ayan Ghoshalover 3 years ago

    This image is good and conveys a message ……apt title .

  • Thanks much Ayan!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Paul Todd
    Paul Toddover 3 years ago

    Beautiful little fellow :) I’m glad that you managed to get him to safety without losing a finger!

  • I have had them lunge up to about 18 inches so I stay that far back for the most part! Thank you!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Evita
    Evitaover 3 years ago

    Excellent shot !!! ☺♥

  • Thanks much, a fun shot!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 3 years ago

    very good photo

  • Thank you kindly!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • linmarie
    linmarieover 3 years ago

    oh,, these buggers are coming up already into our yard to lay eggs, and the river is so over flooded, they are coming by the droves, I NEED to start taking pics of them,, got one the other day , she was just too the side of our driveway, but in the yard, hubby got her moved too the woods,, so she could lay her eggs.. good shot sis, hugs linmarie

  • They are plentiful, roaming the roads here due to the flooding, just looking for dry land to plop their eggs! Can’t wait to see your pictures! Be careful though, they can be nasty!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Lozzar Flowers & Art
    Lozzar Flowers...over 3 years ago

    What a beauty!!! Its a shame we are allowed to fish where these animals are.

  • I have heard they can eject or digest the hooks, but I do not truly believe that! She was very cranky with that in her mouth, can’t blame her! Thanks Lorraine!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • bobby1
    bobby1over 3 years ago

    Great capture so glad you got the turtle back to the water:o))

  • Thanks so much!

    – Pamela Phelps

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