Friday, June 19, 2009

The Illusive Snapping Turtle

If you have been keeping up with our blog, you will know that we have an evil and devious serial duck attacker on our farm. What we believed to have been an illusive snapping turtle, has already killed one of our ducklings and severely injured another. We have never actually seen the culprit, but the evidence we have found seems to point towards the snapper, although my grandmother has claimed to have seen a snapper about the size of a dinner plate down by our pond.

Well, yesterday morning, I pulled out of our driveway on my way to work and noticed something on the side of the road near our pond. I thought is was just roadkill as our section of the road seems to be a wildlife highway and deer, rabbits, raccoons, and skunks are always getting run down near our home. On closer inspection, I noticed that the animals was not roadkill but a live slimy green snapper about a foot in diameter. It was still wet, it was facing as if it was leaving our pond and our pond has been pretty green and slimy lately, so I am assuming this is our culprit. I immediately called Noah to let him know the suspect had been spotted. While Noah's first reaction was the death sentence for the snapper's heinous crimes against our ducklings, he was more merciful and caught the snapper and released him near the Muskegon River several miles from our home. My hope is that this is the only snapper in our pond and it will be a safe haven for our ducks now.

Upon some further investigation and research, I believe this snapper was a female looking for somewhere to lay her eggs. She seemed to be digging in the dirt on the side of the road. Sources say that the snappers will wander many feet from the water source and deposit their eggs this time of year, especially in dirt areas near roads. Hopefully she did not leave a mate behind to reek further havoc on our ducks.

Here are some pictures of the slimy fellow.

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