Sunday, October 11, 2015

BABY SNAPPING TURTLE

This is a baby snapping turtle. Gregg and I were sitting on a bench on the boardwalk in Virginia Beach, looking at the ocean. I had brought a cup of coffee with me from the hotel foyer. Having finished it I was looking for a trash receptacle but realized that they had all been removed before the approaching storm. I had been holding onto it until I could throw it away back at the hotel.


A couple approached us and the lady asked me if I had finished with my drink and could she have the container. They explained they had found something and the husband showed me what he held in the palm of his hand. I asked is that a sea turtle? It was so small I couldn't tell. No, the lady said, sea turtles don't have a tail and she showed me the one on this little guy, as tiny as it was. She also said she was a trained wildlife rehabilitator and was going to take it to get some tender loving care before releasing it. They needed my empty cup to hold it. She thought it had been washed down from the ponds in the storm. I was happy to hand my empty cup over to her and off they went with one very lucky little snapper, and my knowledge had been expanded on how to identify a baby. Bigger ones are easier. If you click here you can read more about them.  As cute as this one is they turn into something quite formidable and I would be very, very careful if I came across one.  


I am linking this post with Michelle at Nature Notes
and Judith at Mosaic Monday here.

34 comments:

  1. How lovely, Denise...so sweet and I love the pattern on its shell! :)

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  2. Adorable! I agree, the patterns on the shell are very pretty.

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  3. What a lucky snapping turtle to be found by someone who was knowledgeable and helpful.

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  4. Gosh, Denise, you do have some fabulous 'adventures'. I didn't know a turtle could be that small. I hope the little fellow does well.

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  5. he is adorable, hope he will be ok... the big ones can take off a finger or so i am told.

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  6. What a cute baby turtle. I am glad it was found by the rehabilitator. Great post! Enjoy your Sunday!

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  7. That little critter would be easy to miss.

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  8. Great story and a very kind person to rescue this little guy.

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  9. it looks very cute, especially for something that grows up monstrous and vicious

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  10. The baby looks so cute, I know the adults are not. When I was a child in Houston my reckless brother caught an adult and had it in his room, which had a screen door with a grill at the bottom. He woke one morning to find the snapping turtle had gotten out of its tub and climbed the grill, they can use their beak-like mouth like a parrot to climb. My parents made him let it go. I had recurrent nightmares about my school classroom having a flooded floor and stepping in the mouth of an alligator when I got up to sharpen my pencil, I think from the snapping turtle.

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  11. awww, how sweet. I hope it survived. :)

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  12. Hard to believe they're that small... I've seen the adults, and they're faster than you expect for something that big.

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  13. What a cutie -- but the adults are mean! They aren't called snapping turtles for nothing! lol

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  14. What a cute little thing and wonderful markings.

    All the best Jan

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  15. Well I'll be!







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  16. Such a cute baby turtle!! Yes,I like the pattern on its shall too. I think I have not seen that tiny and sweet turtle in person. The little baby was lucky to have you.

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  17. Oh, yes, they are real life monsters when they grow up. But all babies are adorable, no matter what the species!

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  18. Great shots of the baby turtles.

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  19. So very tiny and vulnerable. I do like turtles!!! Even snapping turtles! Have a wonderful week!

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  20. Such a cute little one, but would not want to get bit by a big one!

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  21. What a sweet little turtle and thank heavens for caring people to look after it. Cute mosaic with the turtle in the bottom!

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  22. I don't think I have ever seen a snapping turtle this small...so cute.

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  23. I'm betting the little snapping turtle could do some damage too! Perfect timing ... finishing the drink so the turtle had a place to stay to continue his journey. Fun post!

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  24. So cute. Too bad the big one he turns into is not as cute. I seen those big snappers when I was a kid, they're no joke.

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  25. Lucky turtle...very lucky... I have heard that many turtles have been washed down during the flood and are being rescued if they are lucky...Michelle

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  26. omgoodness, it is so tiny!! cute captures!!!

    many thanks denise, for your kind comment today. my post was a long read and i appreciate your words more than you will ever know. some people are just happy, no matter the circumstances. i hope today is a good day for you!!!!

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  27. I've got a healthy respect for snapping turtles, even at this size!
    Please come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/10/a-little-bit-squirrelly.html

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  28. Oh I so love that you found this sweetheart and were able to get it to someone who can make sure it has a chance to survive. I love all turtles, and that one was adorable~

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