Sunday, June 8, 2014
Pre-Historic Reptile Invaders
Hoo Hum... Yawn. I am getting kinda bored watching my slave underling pull weeds and take that wheel barrow back and forth to the barn all day.
Hey. What the Hell is that ugly looking gnarly thing? Yo slave come and slay this beast for me.
OMG Kill it. Kill It Now!!!! Shit. Watch out that thing actually jumps and makes noise when it snaps it's jaws shut. I am going back inside until you deal with it.
It wasn't some huge monster but it is about the largest snapper I seen migrating in a while. Usually only the smaller ones travel around this time of year. You can see this isn't some little one as it is as long as the end of that square bale it is nestled up into. What are typical square bales about 24 inches wide? Something like that I think so this isn't a baby although not full grown by any stretch yet. More than likely a teenager I would say.
He was large enough that I couldn't find a stick thick enough to support his weight to drag him after he bit down on it and also I couldn't lift him with a shovel unless I put my hand entirely much closer to the business end than I felt comfortable with. He took a couple of lunges at me that while not what I would call close were not exactly full strength either. More a "get the hell away you hairless ape" kinda thing.
The wife was screaming we had to move. LOL. Finally I just went inside and took a nap and when I came out later he had continued on his merry way. My guess is he was just taking a short nap when he was discovered. We will prolly see more of his kind, although most will be less than half his size, before June is over. The smaller males are being driven out of the ponds and creeks by the large dominant males right now so they basically become nomads for a few weeks this time of year. They will take up residence in small ponds and mud puddles for a while until it is safe to go back into the larger bodies of water. You will also see many of them crushed along the road right now too. I had a smaller one last year living in a tractor tire rut next to my alfalfa field until about mid July. I have even had them crawl right up to me in the garden or walk right through the barn some years.
If it doesn't rain tomorrow I am going to start mowing so I hope he is well out of the way by then.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!