Snappers and sardines

Snappers and sardines

Two snapping turtles in a hoop trap with sardines
Two turtle doves these ain’t
This puts “Green Eggs and Ham” to shame
All Dr. Seuss did was pull a cat from his brain

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About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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12 Responses to Snappers and sardines

  1. Erin Badgley says:

    I have a son that is a scientist in the making..I can’t wait to get him hooked on following you! Thanks!

    • Thank you, Erin! The world certainly needs more scientists like your son. It has been a very rewarding and inspiring profession for me. Never a dull moment with Nature. I keep learning new things around every corner! Hope you are having a wonderful day thus far 🙂
      Cheers,
      Tyler

      • Erin Badgley says:

        He loves your pictures and poetry! You will be our bedtime treat for awhile 🙂

      • Thank you, Erin! I am humbled by you and your son’s high praise. More than anything, I am so inspired to meet other people who care about the natural world as much as I do (or more!). I’m not sure how old your son is, but my father (who is a biology teacher) recently gave me E.O. Wilson’s new book, “Letters to a Young Scientist.” It’s in hardcover right now and you could probably check it out at your local library. This should be required reading for any budding scientist like your son. It’s only 240 pages, but full of wise words, humor and applied science principles. Hope you and your son have a wonderful day 🙂
        Cheers,
        Tyler

  2. words4jp says:

    they are some seriously bad ass looking dudes!

    • They may not have their happy faces on in the photo, but I do adore the cantankerous snapping turtle (at least where they are native, like in Illinois). Each of these buggers weighed about 30 pounds. The sardines were used to lure them into the hoop trap. Surprisingly, they can haul shell like nobody’s business…I guess their legs are toned from pulling a mobile home! I’ve always handled them with care and respect because you know their bite’s gonna hurt like heck 🙂
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  3. Gallivanta says:

    I hope they at least got to taste the sardines for all their trouble:)

    • Haha! Yes, they did get a taste of the kipper snacks. We took some measurements, notched the marginals on their carapace and released them back into their wetland home.

  4. Gallivanta says:

    And that is one more reason to keep a can of sardines on hand. So you can trap turtles.

  5. Reblogged this on The ancient eavesdropper and commented:

    I find it hard to keep turtles off my mind…

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