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I Saw The Loch Ness Monster!!!

Discussion in 'Field Herping' started by smallgrayfox, Jul 16, 2005.

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  1. smallgrayfox

    smallgrayfox Contributing Member

    Good grief! The Loch Ness Monster has moved to Tallahassee, Florida! :eek: Look!!!! I took this picture of her today!!!


    Ok, ok, so it's not really the Loch Ness Monster ...but who knew that soft shelled turtles could stick their necks out that far!!!! WOW! We were very surprised when she did that...

    I found her staggering in circles in the middle of a hot and busy roadway today on the way to the grocery store (I'm glad I found her before she got run over!), and she was kind of dry and very hot...I brought her home and misted her well with water treated with Reptisafe, put her in our 10 gallon tank, and then got my husband to help me release her at Lake Jackson....

    Here she is in the 10 gallon tank on the way to the lake:

    Here she is with my husband holding her just before we released her so you can see her size (check out the expression on her face!):

    She stuck her neck waaaaaaaaaaaaay out after we put her down and surveyed the area for about 5 full minutes...then with a soft sploosh and a swoosh, she swam off in her new home:

    Cool looking critter, isn't she? :cool:
  2. venus

    venus Founding Member

    Awesome Juliane. You take some of the best pics. She looks happy to be cruising through the water. Thanks again for sharing.
  3. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    Cool pics :) Somehow I always thought Nessie would be bigger than that :p
  4. jacky

    jacky Moderated Status

    WOW,great pics!Thanks!! :)
  5. kenman1963

    kenman1963 Moderator

    great pic,,,thanks for sharing !!!!!
  6. smallgrayfox

    smallgrayfox Contributing Member

    I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures :)

    Me too! :p
  7. DarkMagician207

    DarkMagician207 Elite Member

    wow those are great pics. the first pic makes her look like some sort of dinosaur! i never knew they could stick their necks out that far either! wow! :D
  8. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    LOL What you didn't take into consideration was she was out on a dry roadway. She was severely dehydrated! :eek:
    You know just add water for instant...
  9. smallgrayfox

    smallgrayfox Contributing Member

    Right, Merlin! Just add water and it grows to more than 600 times its original size! Instant Nessie !!! :D

    My son loves those little toys that do that...
  10. Hey!

    Hey don't steal our European Loch Ness monster! Still in Scotland, I bet! Lol! :D
    I should made a detour to be sure...Heu!...

    They are all right: great pics! Especially your husband ' hands one! Hehe! :p

    What a surprise to see such neck! She really looks strange (and not reassured!) like this...poor little one! :(

    Nessie is bigger yes but could it be its progeniture? :confused:
    And don't forget to tell your son she's not this kind of toy that can grow like this! lol! mdr! ;)
  11. smallgrayfox

    smallgrayfox Contributing Member

    Yes, and when I first picked her up off of the hot roadway, she was so frightened she literally jumped straight up...pretty high too, I wouldn't have thought a turtle could jump that high :)

    She was very scared until we put her in the water, and she finally decided that we weren't going to eat her for lunch after all :rolleyes:
  12. cannonsunl

    cannonsunl New Member

    same thing happens near my house regularly. We have a pond and a creek and the softshells seem to cross between them on the road regularly. Also, a poor beaver got hit crossing in the same place. I didn't think beaver would be in the middle of town like that. Anyone know what type of soft shell would be in Nebraska. They have the same long neck but smoother looking carapace than that in photos. (The last one I got off the road thanked me by peeing on my sandles, no good deed goes un rewarded)
  13. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    In Nebraska you would find western spiny softshells (Apalone spinefera hartwegi) and midland smooth softshells (Apalone mutica mutica).
  14. smallgrayfox

    smallgrayfox Contributing Member

    They do have unique ways of saying "thank you", don't they? :D :rolleyes:
  15. geckoguykc

    geckoguykc Elite Member

    dont tell any fisherman you saved a softshell lol! around here if somone catches one they cut its head off! its nasty! and cruel! but it sure doesnt hurt the population still got a river full of midland smooth softshells
  16. smallgrayfox

    smallgrayfox Contributing Member

    That's horrible! :( Why do they do that? Are softshells a threat to fishermen somehow? :confused:
  17. Ace

    Ace Elite Member


    Who knew that loch ness would be so cute! :D lol
  18. geckoguykc

    geckoguykc Elite Member

    they put out traps for catfish then find a softshell in it with a half-eaten catfish, you do the math, its sad that they are prosecuted for eating their natural prey
  19. Allecto

    Allecto Elite Member

    Looks like she's trying to pass herself off as a swan in that first pic. Thanks for sharing the pics. I'm glad you found her and were able to help her out!
  20. smallgrayfox

    smallgrayfox Contributing Member

    I'm glad we found her too! She was really cool. :)

    geckoguykc, that's just horrible :( People can be so mean! :mad:
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