Have you ever been scared by an animal? How about by a turtle?? This one scared the daylights out of me!Lil' Nut actually discovered it as we were leaving the house. Since the turtle was directly in the path of the rear tires on my 'Burban, I couldn't exactly go anywhere right at that moment. I ran back in the house and grabbed my camera. I figured we might as well fit in a science lesson before I "helped" the turtle out of the way. Me: "Let's look at the nice turtle." Lil' Nut: "Mommy, it's not a turtle! It's a scary animal-thing." Me: "It is a turtle. It won't hurt you!" Lil' Nut: "It is NOT a turtle! Turtles don't jump, and I saw it jump before you came out here when Buddy was barking at it!" (That explained why the dog had been barking non-stop for the past 20 minutes.) After putting Buddy in his kennel so that I could hear myself think, I slowly walked toward the turtle. He looked kind of mean and was about 18 inches long. As I squatted down to take a picture, the critter jumped right up off the driveway landed a few inches forward. He didn't just scoot, he jumped. I jumped, too, and screamed. :) Lil' Nut said, "I told you, Mommy! It jumped!" She was right. I'm pretty sure that it was a Florida Softshell (Apalone ferox). This species is pretty aggressive, and when they stick their heads out of the water they look like baby alligators. There are a ton of them in the pond behind the house. I decided that I didn't want to be too close to Mr. Turtle after all. As I debated about grabbing a stick to help prod him out of the way, he took off at a brisk pace toward the pond. I learned something new today; turtles can jump. Maybe that's how the tortoise beat the hare. :)

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Have you ever been scared by an animal? How about by a turtle?? This one scared the daylights out of me!Lil' Nut actually discovered it as we were leaving the house. Since the turtle was directly in the path of the rear tires on my 'Burban, I couldn't exactly go anywhere right at that moment. I ran back in the house and grabbed my camera. I figured we might as well fit in a science lesson before I "helped" the turtle out of the way. Me: "Let's look at the nice turtle." Lil' Nut: "Mommy, it's not a turtle! It's a scary animal-thing." Me: "It is a turtle. It won't hurt you!" Lil' Nut: "It is NOT a turtle! Turtles don't jump, and I saw it jump before you came out here when Buddy was barking at it!" (That explained why the dog had been barking non-stop for the past 20 minutes.) After putting Buddy in his kennel so that I could hear myself think, I slowly walked toward the turtle. He looked kind of mean and was about 18 inches long. As I squatted down to take a picture, the critter jumped right up off the driveway landed a few inches forward. He didn't just scoot, he jumped. I jumped, too, and screamed. :) Lil' Nut said, "I told you, Mommy! It jumped!" She was right. I'm pretty sure that it was a Florida Softshell (Apalone ferox). This species is pretty aggressive, and when they stick their heads out of the water they look like baby alligators. There are a ton of them in the pond behind the house. I decided that I didn't want to be too close to Mr. Turtle after all. As I debated about grabbing a stick to help prod him out of the way, he took off at a brisk pace toward the pond. I learned something new today; turtles can jump. Maybe that's how the tortoise beat the hare. :)

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10 Comments:
Blogger Mrs. Darling said...
I cant imagine living in the land of turtles. We dont have any turtles in the wild here. They all live in little fish bowls and are bought at the pet store! :)

Blogger Susan P. said...
I would have jumped, too!! Eek. I guess another thing you learned was that Lil' Nut wasn't "crying wolf!" lol Sorry, I just couldn't resist:)

Blogger Kristi said...
You got some great pictures of him. I have always been afraid of turtles. Even box turtles. I don't know why. They seem harmless. LOL

~Kristi

Blogger Wendi said...
Oh my, a jumping turtle! Yikes!

Blogger flmom said...
Looks like a Florida softshell to me as well. We have them in our pond (at least we used to before the flooding with Fay - we still can't get onto our dock so we don't know how many of our turtles and fish are gone). We've never seen any on land and I sure didn't know they could be aggressive. We have one that our oldest named "George" - he loves to come to the dock and eat bread we toss into the water.

Blogger Missy said...
never knew turtles could jump and i certainly didn't know they could be aggressive. i think my new favorite animal is a chicken :)

ps, i hope the storms go way around you!

blessings,
missy

Blogger Faith said...
WOW!!!
He's a giant compared to the little painted turtle we saw while kayaking last week!

Blogger Mishel said...
I like *little* turtles...not big, jumping ones. Yikes!

Blogger Mommy said...
Oh Me Oh My!!! I too would of jumpped and screamed.

We had a turtle come visit us in our yard the other day, but it was a harmless box turtle, and I actually held for the kids to touch. :)

But I scare easily too. Tonight I was bathing the kids, and DH came home tapped me on the shoulder, and I screamed from true fright! LOL!

I think this will be something that lil'nut will remember the rest of her life. :)

Ps. I didn't know turtles could jump either! Off to look on youtube for "jumpping turtle" ;-)

Blogger Susan said...
We have 3 turtles in our pond and they are sweet...not like this humongous jumping turtle. yikes! I'm also married to a minister. Have a beautiful day!

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