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Never give up? NDR
Good morning, All~


Yesterday I spent some time moving a bunch of Water Lilies and Arrowheads from a friend's lake to our frog pond right behind the house. Whilst taking a break with my wife in some shade nearby, we heard an unusual sound from one of our resident Green Frogs. Susan's closer investigation revealed the early chapters of a natural drama - involving one very large Garter Snake. I am still not sure which was the protagonist.



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Ol' Mister Green Frog was almost 4 inches long (snout-vent length for you herpetophiles). I fully expected this robust amphibian to make his escape from the maw of the determined reptile....


'twas not to be. About 20 minutes later the denouement was obvious.






I wanted one more photo - with a bit crisper focus - but I clumsily dislodged a rock and caused the serpent to retreat into his lair.


In any event, we have now learned the distress cry of Lithobates (was Rana when I learned it....) clamitans.



Let's be careful out there!


SJS

Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Re: Never give up? NDR In reply to
Steve,

That reminds me of a frog that we heard screaming when we were down hunting in the Stormwater Treatment Areas of south Florida. At first we didn't know what the heck was going on and we were looking for the noise. I decided it was coming from this monster leopard frog and when I reached down and picked him up, coming out of the water on the other side of the frog....attached to his leg was the biggest water moccasin I'd ever seen. I quickly dropped him, said "Go to God" and told that moccasin to enjoy his meal as the frog continued his screaming. Poor fella. Nature sure isn't kind to those getting eaten BUT a snakes' gotta eat too.

Dani
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All God's critters gotta eat...



Before we got the T-storms and rain we needed, the snapping turtles have been on the move.

Driving home on a country road from fishin', a rather large turtle was trying it's best to cross the road. I pulled off the road, put on the four ways, got out, picked up the the hissing, leg thrashing turtle and placed it away from the road and where I thought it wanted to be.

Made me smile, and the smell of that turtle was just like a good Duck Swamp.

Did not have time for a cell phone photo. As in - Old Guy Struck & Killed While Trying To Save Turtle.


VP











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Re: Never give up? NDR In reply to
Vince Pagliaroli wrote:


Did not have time for a cell phone photo. As in - Old Guy Struck & Killed While Trying To Save Turtle.


VP


Which begs the question; Which moves faster, (A) an old guy or (B) a turtle? w00t

Take care, Huntindave McCann Smile SHELL ROCK IA. ,,,,,, "As sailors grow older, the wiser ones move to smaller boats." Thomas Firth Jones, Multihull Voyaging
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Re: Never give up? NDR In reply to
Dave~


I cannot answer your question re Man v. Chelonian - but I did observe an interspecies contest here a week or so ago. Not having tried to "run" since the installation of 2 new knees in 2012, the Old Guy of Pencil Brook Farm "tore" after a Possum on the front lawn - ostensibly to see if he could convince the marsupial to "play dead". The Old Guy did not get the desired result - but was able to catch up to it. It was neck-and-neck for a while - and O. G. traveled further to port and starboard than straight ahead. Total headway was about 20 or 25 yards....and - surprisingly - O. G. did not need to play dead either.


All the best,


SJS





Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Nature in action!

BTW They are still Rana spp in my mind too.


Carl
Mobile, AL
DHBP Member since 1998

"Life is too short to drink bad beer."
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Re: Never give up? NDR In reply to
Huntindave McCann wrote:
Vince Pagliaroli wrote:


Did not have time for a cell phone photo. As in - Old Guy Struck & Killed While Trying To Save Turtle.


VP



Which begs the question; Which moves faster, (A) an old guy or (B) a turtle? w00t




Considering that the turtle and I are about the same age... A DEAD HEAT. Wink











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920