Wednesday, February 25, 2015

This was NOT one of the biggest ones.

Driving along a road on Magnolia Plantation in South Carolina we got up close and personal.  We were in a tram, although an hour later we walked this same trail.   As many people should know, he wanted nothing to do with us and soon slid into the water.



Below is a buddy of his, that we came across later while walking, who brought his own lunch!  Actually their metabolism is still very slow as they go through these winter months and they are not hungry until several days in warmer sunlight when they would eat one of these turtles.  I am guessing the turtles know that.


15 comments:

joeh said...

Very cool. Even in the cold, I would keep my distance...of course i would be afraid of the turtles as well.

messymimi said...

They are fascinating and dangerous. We've had to have them relocated from ponds and small lakes around here.

Brian Miller said...

wow. when we lived in florida we used to get them in the lake out back...but go down south along alligator alley and they were in droves....

ellen abbott said...

running through Houston is a bayou (well, there are many bayous running through Houston but they have all been concreted), the only natural bayou still left. In one section on one side is a large woodsy park and on the other side is a very very rich neighborhood with lots measured in acres. anyway, towards the end of this section which is popular with canoeists, we started seeing alligators basking on the bank. turns out, a restaurant whose grounds backed up to the bayou, the kitchen help would throw out the left over meat into the bayou to feed the alligators. I don't know which came first, the alligators or the throwing away of the food but at any rate the gators came and grew. I saw them myself on several occasions.

Angie said...

Wonderful pictures, Tabor

Bob Bushell said...

They're huge.

Hilary said...

Wow.. what an amazing creature. I'm not sure I'd have the guts to be walking there.. lest the gator like my guts. I love the turtles all lined up behind him.

Kat said...

Holy moly! Interested in me or not, I think I'd still have a little heart attack if I came across that giant. Yikes!
Fantastic photos!

Red said...

Walking into one of these would certainly startle me. Nice photos.

Celia said...

Great pictures. I'll keep my distance. People shy or not I'm sure they move faster than I do. :-)

Linda Reeder said...

I am not one of the people who knows. And I'm not sure I would want to make his acquaintance, at least not up close and personal.

Mage said...

You walked.
Those things scare the beanything out of me.
Great Florida entries, btw.

Snaggle Tooth said...

When I drove the Tami-ami trail thru the Native Reservation in FL years ago I saw many of them near the roadway, but was not tempted to get out of the car to say "Hi!"
N you do take great wildlife pics! Wow-

Granny Annie said...

I am not a fan of these critters. How could you even hold still long enough to photograph them?

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Wow, those guys would grab my attention. I love the last photo with that big guy sunning on the ramp. Good thing to have a zoom lens :-)