Saturday, June 20, 2009

Uh Mom...there's a snapping turtle in the canoe

One of the many details of the aftermath of Calvin's Party was that a canoe and a kayak had been left, upside down, in the pond. No big deal, they would not sink and could be retrieved on a hot day. Like today.

Calvin and Mr. Attitude were doing just that, when Mr. Attitude interrupted my tomato planting. "Mom", he announced. "There's a big snapping turtle in the canoe! Come see it!"

Of course I grabbed the camera, thinking "bloggable moment!" But I also knew that the real question was "Mom, can you get that snapping turtle OUT of the canoe?"

Hmmm...yes...a medium size, but no less vicious snapper. The kids know that I regularly wrangle with snapping turtles as part of my job. Only this one was easy, it was not in the wrong part of a one-way net. All I had to do was grab it by the tail.

Of course, it protested. I held it long enough to take this photo, then I released it into the pond. On second thought, was that a good idea? We swim there...But I don't think it will be a problem...I hope...

I stayed to help bring in the kayak, and surprise! There was a large painted turtle in there! They must have liked the cave-like cover of overturned canoes.

6 comments:

Jain said...

Handsome fellow, and your kids must think highly of their wrangler mom!

barefoot gardener said...

Neat pic! You know, I have a GREAT recipe for turtle stew if that big guy gets to be troublesome with the swimmers in the pond.... ;D

elise said...

Well, if you change your mind and decide to relocate it, just put out a "trap" (upside down canoe!).

RuthieJ said...

Boy Deb, your little pond sure supports a variety of critters!

robin andrea said...

Nice rescue and release. That's quite a mouth on that one. Cute.

Deb said...

I could have sworn I responded to these comments yesterday...as well as the ones from the previous post...oh well. Let the mystery be. Anyway, thanks for reading and commenting, and please know I appreciate every comment!