Looks like a snapper! Definitely a grandpa
You know that’s a snapping turtle and it can cleave a thumb as soon as look at you? We get one or two each Spring, as they migrate from their winter homes in the mud of the brook up to the vernal pools in the forest behind our place. They’re the females going to lay eggs. When we find one in or near the road, I get the snow shovel out and scoop them up to move them along.
I had a dog once that sat on one - she jumped at least 18 inches straight up when the turtle took offense!
The regular migration of female snapping turtles between home ranges and nesting sites suggests that these animals are capable of complex navigation, in some cases involving overland travel of at least 0.5 km through dense forest and undergrowth and over uneven terrain.
Nesting Migrations of the Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina), Martyn E. Obbard and Ronald J. Brooks, Herpetologica Vol. 36, No. 2 (Jun., 1980), pp. 158-162
Must be hot! The squirrel is splooting!
Haha yup. Hubby scooched it along with his steel toed work boot. Little guy knows to be safe around them too and keeps his distance. I’ve seen folks throw a blanket or sweater over them and quickly lift them to safety off the roads. In more populated tittle areas, we have turtle crossing signs.
Some areas, people assist with nesting boxes too
Look at the launch! Lol i love those squirrels! I havent seen many of mine lately, ive been at work unfortunately on my days off i watch for them though.
Shaunda is a pretty kewl name