The Monsters Are Wandering
Posted by Richard Conniff on June 3, 2014
I was out working on the dunes near my house on Long Island Sound when I noticed strange footprints, with a tail mark down middle. It mystified me for a while. Then I remembered. It’s June. The snapping turtles are coming out of the water to lay their eggs.
I found a second trail 10 feet back from the first. I forgot to notice the direction, but presumably it was Big Mama heading back to the depths.
A few years ago, I showed a British visitor a big female wandering on this exact spot and his eyes fell out of his head, as if I had just shown him a living dinosaur, which maybe I had. The Brit, by the way, was the guy who produces the tv series “River Monsters.” So you’d figure he’d be a little jaded. But snapping turtles are a sight.
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