So I wake up to my mom yelling "Danielle!!!! Wake up! Get up! There is something in the back yard!"
It was not something I would call normal and it was really unnerving because it was also about 5:40 in the morning. So I get up, all crusty eyed and everything, trying to figure out what is going on and see what I thought to be a dead cat in the yard. Oh boy was I wrong. It was actually a huge snapping turtle covered in mud and grossness. There are a few pictures below but we had to get it out of the yard because Levi (the dog) had to use the yard. So, after waking me up, Mom goes and gets Mike so he can remove the offensive turtle from the yard. Mike gets out there (after taking forever and if the house was on fire we would all be dead) and sees the turtle, his reaction "oh well! that is a turtle!" He gets a snow shovel and proceeds to try and skoot the turtle on to it but instead flips it over and then it rolls down the steep slope it had climbed up in the first place. It was all very dramatic and I was very nervous because turtles can breath and thus die when trapped on their backs. So as it was falling down the slope it once again flipped and landed on its back. As my mom was freaking out and Mike pondering how to get to the turtle to flip it back over I decide to jump down the slope and flip it with the shovel, running back to the yard because lord only knows how fast snapping turtles can move on land, maybe they are like hippos and we all know those things are found in my back yard all the time.
Anyways, the turtle goes on its way and we haven't seen it since but the weird part is that when I looked snapping turtles up they warned not to move it with one's bare hands and to use a snow shovel but that was not all. It also said that the female turtle will mate during November to April and then lay eggs in June-July. Yeah that is right JUNE!!!! So mom and I are guessing that this fellow had crawled up to lay its eggs....grrr....ea.....t
But we are hoping that since we haven't seen it since maybe it got the idea and moved on. Oh and they are vicious as this one attacked the shovel a couple times and was very angry with mike when he was trying to remove it. Oh well, at least it is gone for now. Here are the pics and please don't mind the blurred ones because it was really early.
This last one is a funny cartoon of a snapping turtle. That is all....