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Jun 11, 2016 20:06 |  #1

While driving along a country road I spied a "bump" in the road ahead. I slowed down and sure enough, the "bump" was moving, albeit rather slowly.
I jumped out of the car with camera in hand and snapped this picture, his/her shell was the size of a dinner plate.

I put my camera down and stayed with this big fella until he made his way across the street and back into the swamp.
I waved off a few cars during his trek across the road and felt good when he slipped into the swamp.

I am a turtle crossing guard.

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Jun 11, 2016 20:29 |  #2

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Jun 11, 2016 20:45 |  #3

Damned good turtle soup there.

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Jun 11, 2016 21:22 |  #4

That's a snapping turtle. So it might have been best to keep your distance. Their necks can be elongated and it might have been able to reach around to bite you if you helped it along. I see box turtles trying to cross the road from time to time in my neighborhood. It's considered appropriate by wildlife rescuers to pick it up and put it where it seems to want to go if the alternative is being crushed by an inattentive driver. I would be very careful with a snapping turtle, however.


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Jun 11, 2016 22:59 |  #5
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Yup, I've read that a snapping turtle is capable of biting a man's finger off.

I hope the OP stopped way off the road; sometimes saving wildlife ends others' lives: http://www.ctvnews.ca …ays-behind-bars-1.2153205 (external link)


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Jun 11, 2016 23:51 |  #6

Good work, glad you didn't get bit.


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Jun 12, 2016 05:24 |  #7

I've seen enough snapping turtles to know to keep my distance.
My safety was my number one priority and I took steps to ensure that but I felt compelled to do all I could to help this guy out.
Thankfully the road I was on is travelled by a few locals, farmers mostly and when they were close enough to see what was happening, they gave the turtle and I a thumbs up.

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Jun 14, 2016 04:53 as a reply to  @ woodpecker's post |  #8

Good photo even better story.




  
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Jun 14, 2016 07:51 |  #9

Good shooting and good save Gord! When I used to live in Aurora I'd spend weekends up near Dwight and would often see several huge snappers over a weekend. Even saw one depositing eggs in a sandy riverbank once.


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Jun 15, 2016 07:02 |  #10

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Good shooting and good save Gord! When I used to live in Aurora I'd spend weekends up near Dwight and would often see several huge snappers over a weekend. Even saw one depositing eggs in a sandy riverbank once.

I don't know how long it's been since you've been in Aurora but there is still a lot of wildlife photo opportunities in these parts.
I just had to stop and make sure this fella got back in the swamp.

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Jun 15, 2016 09:44 |  #11

That is a real cutie, ha. But I think you got cheated because I don't see any leaches hanging onto it. Are it's legs deformed? I don't see any claws. The last one I saw crossing the road looked like a dinosaur as I approached. When it was up walking, the bottom shell was about 5" off the ground. Just curious if it was down that low the whole time you saw it?




  
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Jun 15, 2016 11:17 |  #12

Great save, Gord. I remember seeing some of these at the sand & gravel operation where I used to work. Some of them were so large, they would actually block the haul road while they crossed from the swamp to our dragline pond.


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Jun 15, 2016 13:12 |  #13

Keith Newton wrote in post #18040113 (external link)
That is a real cutie, ha. But I think you got cheated because I don't see any leaches hanging onto it. Are it's legs deformed? I don't see any claws. The last one I saw crossing the road looked like a dinosaur as I approached. When it was up walking, the bottom shell was about 5" off the ground. Just curious if it was down that low the whole time you saw it?

Hi Keith,

No leeches hanging off of this guy, just a bunch of green slime.
His legs weren't deformed and his bottom shell wasn't that far off the ground when he walked, kind of a short guy.
Here are two poorly taken photos I managed to get in my rush to see him cross the road safely. He does have claws or extra long toe nails. :p

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Jun 15, 2016 13:15 |  #14

philk54 wrote in post #18040195 (external link)
Great save, Gord. I remember seeing some of these at the sand & gravel operation where I used to work. Some of them were so large, they would actually block the haul road while they crossed from the swamp to our dragline pond.

Hi Phil,

I would have liked to seen those big guys......must have looked like 4-legged, prehistoric tanks.

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Jun 15, 2016 19:30 as a reply to  @ woodpecker's post |  #15

Ah Ha, Thanks for sharing those. But, are you sure that little ball looking thing over it's right hip isn't a leach? That is what they do, after the turtle host has been out of the water for a while. I suppose it keeps them from drying out too much.




  
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