Saturday, July 5, 2008

Missouri Reptiles

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Turtles are pretty common along Missouri roads and we happened upon this guy on a dead end road so I was able to take a few moments to admire him. I don’t know if you can tell, but he’s pretty good size.


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When I moved that rock from in front of him he decided to retreat and peek.


{Snake alert for Aims}


We decided to try to find a cache at Jolly Mill but as we crossed the bridge (the bridge we were on is the third photo from the top) we saw this swimming in the water below.


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This water moccasin (western cottonmouth) was no baby either, he was big, and he wasn’t alone, we counted three of them.


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See the fish below him? How cool.


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That is one huge crawdad!


There were some nests on the bottom side of the bridge, and hanging out of one was. . .a snake skin! EEEK! I’m outta here!


Btw: we did NOT go after the cache.

17 comments:

  1. Ooh, I really like the two turtle shots. They're really clear and I love the shell detail.

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  2. Yepp, love the turtle - awsome!
    You can keep the snakes and the crawdad though ;)

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  3. OK, Lisa
    I am changing my link. I am looking forward to lots of new stories and lots of new pictures at the new site.

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  4. I love those first shots! :)

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  5. Great turtle shots...such clarity and detail of his shell! As for the snakes...this has definitely put me out of the mood of jumping in any lakes or ponds or even rivers for that matter.

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  6. The turtle is gorgeous. I love the patterns on the shell. I wonder how anybody got past the snakes to stash the cache in the first place!

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  7. So just how big is the "pretty good size" turtle? :)

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  8. I've got the new site bookmarked! I'd follow you anywhere :-) Is there a way to get emailed entries from this new place?

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  9. anglophilefootballfanatic.comJuly 6, 2008 at 8:01 AM

    The cottonmouth would've made me shriek and run away. I love the firework shots, esp. Haden's name.

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  10. Wow! Good thing you stayed away from the cottonmouth! I am posting pics of snakes tomorrow too! But only garters. :0)

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  11. Love them. Well okay the snake shots, no matter how spectacular, still make me a bit jittery. I'm SO weak! And those turtles? WOW, so vivid and crisp!

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  12. What great photos! I'm thoroughly impressed at your skillz :)
    Hope your son's tattoo wasn't *too* much to handle...
    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  13. Snake central Glades will love it. Can't wait for your fish story

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  14. Ooooh...I was fine with the turtle photos, but the snakes? EEEEEK! I almost peed my pants. I can't even look at them in pictures without freaking out. I'm such a wimp!

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  15. Wonderful shots of the turtle!

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  16. Your photos are always so great! I feel like that is the only comment I ever leave. Will you talk some more about your lens choices when you get a chance?

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  17. Too cool. We don't have turtles here in the wild; too cold. The snake photos in the water were really neat.

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