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Make way for the stegaturtle

Snapping turtle

Heather Sullivan spotted this bad boy on Ricciuti Drive, across from the Granite Links golf course in Quincy today. She stayed well away from its mouth, because, of course, such beasties can snap a broomstick in half like nobody's business, or so we hear.

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Talk about a slow news days amirite

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You're not new here - you know I never pass up a chance to post a photo of a giant turtle (or turkey or hawk ...).

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It was more a comment on the speed of turtles. I'm a fan of the animal photos.

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Obviously, I spent a bit too much time in the sun today.

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About the same size - In the pond off the Ennaking Parkway - mostly facing away - so didn't get a great look at his head - but in addition to the snapper, those claws were mighty impressive. The spiked tail was very stega-whatever.

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A sea turtle's mouth is a portal to hell - I can't even imagine the pain of being bit by one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO9wzb7ijPY

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And that's just a Common Snapper; the Alligator Snappers get even bigger... they're so friggin' cool.

(both will take your finger off just fine)

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And exactly why did Heather Sullivan have a broomstick in her possession?????

Just sayin'

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She flew in from Salem?

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Snapping turtles had such long tails. Of course I haven't come across a lot of snapping turtles in my travels. Most of the turtles I've encountered either just clapped or tapped their toes. A few might have hummed.

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It's to lure you into a sense of complacency. "Look at that long tail," you think. "I bet I can safely grab it by the tail, no way it will be able to bite me all the way back there."

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_snapping_turtle

"Captivity"
"The common snapping turtle is not an ideal pet."

Just a little FYI.

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are launching a new Saturday morning cartoon reboot - The Herculoids and Space Ghost team-up with some Irish-American punks from Charlestown.

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and make is snappy.

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Likely a female "bad boy" off to find or returning to a nest site(s).

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ancient creature. I just love these things. Thank goodness they don't move fast on land.

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I visited a fossil bed out west that had a 35 million year old turtle shell fossil replica that was on display for people to interact with. It was cast from one they found near the site.

Even my young kids immediately noticed that it was nearly identical in size and form to the snappers at the local pond.

Successful designs need little additional change over time.

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It is most likely a female, looking for an ideal spot to lay her eggs! I hope she got across the street okay.

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