Little Snapping Turtle
I encountered a tiny Snapping Turtle crossing the road today. I had almost hit it but quickly realized what it was and then gave it an escort to avoid becoming crow food.
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I’ve never seen a baby snapping turtle before. Their undersides are still soft and vulnerable. Cute and ugly at the same time!
25 June 2009 at 10:36 pm
26 June 2009 at 12:50 am
That is the tiniest snapper Ihave ever seen. With the way the underside is configured I can see how they stand up so high when they walk. I have seen more snappers this spring along the road than I have ever seen in one year. It must be all the rain getting them up and out of their usual digs.
26 June 2009 at 1:35 am
A baby dinosaur.
26 June 2009 at 6:38 am
It is amazing to think they grow up to be so big when they start out that tiny!
26 June 2009 at 6:46 am
Strange how ‘miniature’ bumpy and wrinkled is adorable and full grown is terrifying!
26 June 2009 at 7:08 am
There is a NWR called Squaw Creek near where I live, and some springs and early summers there are what seem like hundreds of these tiny baby snappers crossing the roads through the refuge. I too would stop and help them along their way. Very nice photo of an often misjudged creature.
26 June 2009 at 10:33 am
I’ve never seen such a little snapping turtle before. Thanks for helping him and for sharing the photograph.
26 June 2009 at 11:06 am
Brings back memories. Two years ago, we were on a ranger-led bird walk in Acadia National park when my wife came across little snappers just emerging from a small hole in a bank and tumbling down the bank toward the water. Suddenly the bird walk shirted gears and became a snapper walk.
26 June 2009 at 11:26 am
Gosh–I too have never seen a baby snapper. The only ones I have seen are the adults who are snapping away, intimidating me.
26 June 2009 at 11:45 am
I wish I could see a baby…the only ones I get to see are the ones that have reached the size of our ottoman!
So cute…and so ugly…but so cute….
26 June 2009 at 3:16 pm
Hopefully, with your help, he will become a big one at the top of the food chain.
26 June 2009 at 8:54 pm
Cute little “nipper.” Love his duckweed camo.
26 June 2009 at 11:09 pm
lookit how tiny it is! Do you think that’s a fairly newly hatched baby? Thanks for saving it!
27 June 2009 at 4:18 pm
Tom- These 1-2 year old snappers are my favorite size. Just big enough to have some interest, not big enough so that easily take your flesh.
27 June 2009 at 9:47 pm
Such a funny little fella!
28 June 2009 at 8:33 pm
Oh, this brings back so many memories of my ‘turtle raising’ days. Makes me want to start all over again! Thanks for the memories!
29 June 2009 at 12:42 pm
That sure is a little whipper snapper! Watch those fingers!
29 June 2009 at 9:53 pm
The problem with cute little snappers… is that they grow up to be BIG mean snappers 😦
I prefer to hang out with Box Turtles.
30 June 2009 at 4:35 pm
Good shots its so tiny and harmless looking=)
5 July 2009 at 3:54 pm
wow-what a little guy!
6 July 2009 at 10:07 am
Thanks so much for helping this fellow across the road — it’s so heartening to see people stop like that to help someone out =)
7 July 2009 at 5:01 pm
What a sweet little turtle! I hate seeing them as roadkill here, and sometimes there are some large ones.
8 July 2009 at 12:24 pm
The big Snappers in the pond were always a worthy and welcome distraction from the warblers at Ohio’s Crane Creek – and that is saying something.
You’re being missed, Mon@rch.
16 July 2009 at 4:38 am
OH such lovel pics of the turtle and the deer!!!! Man I need to get by here more often~and bring my kids! *THANK YOU!* for all the amazing things you share! (((((HUGS))))) sandi
24 July 2009 at 8:31 pm
Wow, never seen those before.
You are a hero! 😉
27 July 2009 at 6:51 pm
I remember a friend of mine got his finger caught in a big Snapping Turtle’s mouth. His grandfather had to cut the head off the poor thing in order to get his grandson’s finger out.-Was there another way?
28 July 2009 at 6:19 pm
I want to see you do that to the same turtle in about 5 years Tom 🙂
28 July 2009 at 6:42 pm
I’m so glad you found and saved this little turtle! Beautiful pictures, Tom. 🙂
29 July 2009 at 11:44 am
Cute – we have only seen them when they are monster size hunting for duck legs in our neighborhood pond..
3 August 2009 at 9:39 pm