These photos were gathering dust on my computer until I saw some pix of a French Tortoise on ButtonMad and I thought I ‘d share mine too. It started when I looked out my kitchen window recently and saw this gal making her way up my driveway.
I read turtles live in the water and they have a flatter lighter shell. This kind, probably a tortoise, also spends a lot of time in the water because I see them in the creek in the spring before the poison ivy is so tall and thick I can’t see the water. Also my across-the-street-neighbor says he finds them in his fish pond in his backyard.
It might be a red-eared slider, but I didn’t get a gander at her ears. I know I have those in my creek. I also have a couple of gigantic, very old snapping turtles that live in the creek. One is about the size of a serving platter, like a Thanksgiving turkey-sized platter, and there’s another as big as a dinner plate. They have flat shells, LONG necks, dinosaur looking tails and a very large, very scary looking downward hook instead of an upper lip.
I’ve always heard if you get bitten by a snapping turtle he won’t let go until it thunders. I think that means you’ve lost your toe or finger or whatever he got ahold of.