Saturday, August 20, 2011

The drought brings up a few more things than just bones

A couple of turtle shells came to light.  One is what we normally see around here with the red-eared sliders.  The other is twice the size. 
It doesn't have the strong ridge on the back that I've typically seen on snapping turtles, but I'm assuming it's an old snapper.
Or a great big granddaddy slider.

84 comments:

Debbie said...

i couldn't really tell how large it was untill i saw the picture with your hand, that's a big one and it's empty!!

and all your grass is brown and crunchy looking....i guess you save a lil on mowing costs ;)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Oh my goodness. I've never seen a turtle shell without the turtle!

Gone Country said...

Wow! That is a big'n!

So sad to see your brown grass *sad face*...

Love the new profile pic!

Angad Achappa said...

Thats a large shell!!

wayside wanderer said...

These are very cool!!! I have a girl that would love finding those. Oh heck, who am I kidding. It would thrill me, too.

We have been feeding the turtles in our pond, not because we like them, but because we can lure them out the water for a closer look. It is addicting (my husband is seeing a new side of me and he is all like "????".) We have sliders with shells that are easily over a foot long from head to tail. Their shells are soft and you can see them moving around. They are seriously groddy looking turtles. I can't bring myself to put a full bodied picture on my blog because they are so icky looking.

Evelyn S. said...

They just 'show up' in a drought? Funny how I've never thought about turtle shells without turtles in a natural setting.

Sharon said...

That sure is a big loss. I really wish Y'all would get some decent rain and cooler temps!

Ellie said...

My that's a BIG shell, and it's empty. Wonder what happened to it! Eww. What else will you find with this drought. Was reading Wayside Wanderer reply and eeek sounds horrible.

Liesl said...

From the looks of your grass it really is dry in Texas! That is a big shell! I hope you get some rain soon! I just realised how blessed I am to be in a summer rainfall region...Imagine a dry summer...not here!!
P.S. Love,love your new favicon picture!! Have you dyed your hair,I have gone very grey!!!

grammie g said...

Teresa..I have never seen a turtle shell without it's occupant lol...
Then again I am not crazy about being in the water where a big old snapper is either...and I have been.. eeeeek's
Interesting!!
Grace

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Kerri said...

I LOVE turtles! Hoping they led a good long life and are now in turtle heaven :)

Bob Bushell said...

Oh, I feel sad that has been to do with sun, or is it?

Ms. Becky said...

I was reading a blog post from another Texan this morning and she is keeping her fingers crossed that a tropical wave headed your way may bring rain. hope so. these shells are beautiful. hey, I really like the new profile photo too! happy weekend to you T.

Robin said...

T, my that is a biggun! Doesn't remind me of a snapper, so must have been a granddaddy! I wonder how long it's been down there!
Like the new avitar!

Farmchick said...

That's a big shell!

Paula said...

I have one turtle I can tell from the rest because it's shell is deformed. I used to have one that I could tell and named it Lucy but I guess her shell is at the bottom of the stock tank as I haven't seen her in several months.

Fábio Martins said...

A big turtle shell!

Deb said...

I bet the dogs are loving it...

Kathy said...

We have lots of big turtles down in our bayou. Some are snappers, some are other kinds but I don't know what kind.

Hilary said...

So my guess is that it shows up in a drought because the grasses are dry and pretty much non-existent so they're no longer hidden?

Like a few others, I've never seen an empty turtle shell either. I do see that your grass is attempting to set up new growth.

Comment1 said...

Wow! That's pretty grim. And you can even see the backbone in there.

ellen abbott said...

probably a slider. they can get pretty big. Big Mama's shell is 10" or 11" front to back. I expect she will get bigger now that she has a much bigger pond.

Larry Ostby said...

Your drought has brought fourth some interesting specimens. These two (X)turtles obviously have had better days. The large one is impressive. Hoping your pond levels get better soon.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

These are cool looking. Would be neat to hang up outside for display...unless they brought up memories of the Great Draught of 2011.

missing moments said...

So were these old dead shells buried in the mud once covered with your pond water? Or new due to the drought? Whichever, that is one large snapping turtle!

Farm Girl said...

That is really interesting. I really like how you can see the inside and what it look like when it attached to the turtle. I can't wait to show my kids.

Montanagirl said...

Huge turtle! Thanks for putting it in perspective with the hand shot.

bon bon said...

oh wow! very neat finds. i foresee some new outdoor wall art.

bailey-road.com said...

Interesting finds but sad to see. Where do turtles (the live ones) go during a drought?

Bruce Clark said...

Now that's a large shell...wow

Tricia said...

YiKeS! =)

A Quiet Corner said...

He must have been as old as me!!!...:)JP

Lois Evensen said...

Very interesting finds.

BTW, I like your new image very much. :)

Sandra said...

well will wonders never cease. wonder what else will show up if the rains don't come.

Hilda R.B said...

I have never seen a turtle shell before. Thanks for the photos.

Lucy aka Roeann said...

Man alive!! You've got a regular graveyard out there. Now if any human skeleton's show up . . . . . . .

Samantha said...

I'm fascinated by what shows up in the pond, but I wish it wasn't because of drought!

That is a big, honkin' shell!

RiverBend Farm said...

Oh my gosh, that was one big turtle! Can you believe how hot and dry it is? It was 110 here yesterday. I hope you found just about all you're gonna find in that dried up pond...

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

That's really interesting find--For some reason, I'd want to save it...

Annabella said...

That`s fascinating - have you any idea how or why they would have died, or perhaps it`s totally normal. Indulge this townie - I have no idea about turtles!

Rural Revival said...

Sure seems like a snapper for that size!

Louise said...

That is one big shell? Wouldn't you have liked to have seen the turtle when it was alive?

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Texwisgirl, My vote is that the occupant of the larger shell was indeed, a Snapping Turtle. I am not a Biologist but that is what I think it was. Have a super nice day tomorrow! I am still hoping for cooler wet weather for your area.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Wow - now that's dry!

Catherine said...

Gosh ~ those are interesting! Looks like those poor turtles dried up in the heat! :(
xo Catherine

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

Last summer our dog nearly got into it with a snapper in our back yard. Lord knows where it came from. There's a creek a few hundred meters west of the house but we're near the military crest of a pretty substantial ridge!

Guess I should explain; the military crest is the highest point on a ridge that a person can stand without being silhouetted against the skyline.

Sure hope the drought breaks soon. Y'all have certainly had more than your fair share of hot, dry weather.

Roan said...

The larger turtle looks like the snapping turtles in my brother's pond. We would like to see more of them as shells instead of clearing out the fish population.

Debbie @ Swampbilly Ranch said...

Wow, I can't believe you are still in drought. We finally did have some summer rains. I'm so sorry for your grass and critters.

Woody said...

Nasty critters. Around here, we make soup out of them, mmmmm, mmmm, good (I'm totally serious, it's really good and I love it). A local establishment's snapper soup was featured on Diners, Drive In's, and Dives. You should have seen the look on Guy's face when the dumped the turtle into the pot.

Fjällripan said...

Oh I should have been so happy if I had found them!! When we were to greece and Turkiet I allways looked for some empty shells, but no...found none. They are beautiful!

littlethingsoflife said...

Oh, my! What interesting finds!...But I know you're ready to get that pond filled back up with rain water!

That was one BIG turtle, compared to your hand!

Randy said...

That's a first for me too. I have never seen anything like it.

Jill said...

Great new profile picture! So cute!

Fun to see those shells. Sad to see your brown, crunchy grass. :(

Chatty Crone said...

I sure wish you would get some rain. We had a downpour tonight - then the sun came back out.

So sorry about the big turtle - wonder what happened?

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

My husband found one the size of your big one down by the pond and promptly stuck on top of one of the fence posts. Huh? :)

Angela said...

Even the small turtle is big! Just incredible!

Millie said...

That certainly is a big shell!

Lisa RedWillow said...

Ive never seen anything like this either. They are amazing.

Nova said...

WOW, that's interesting. Never seen just a shell without the turtle inside. You are living at a really special place.

Beautiful Sunday

Susan said...

Wow, that is so interesting! To see that is awesome. It's amazing what that pond is giving up to you during your drought.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific shots and I've never seen an empty turtle shell either! Great post for the day!

Sylvia

Rose said...

I wonder how much it weighed when it was alive! Looks like a big one!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That really is a Texas-size turtle shell!

I have a terrible connection tonight so I'll comment on three posts here -- your bare feet in the gelding III post really show me that you mean business.!! Nothing is going to stop you!! I wish you puddles to wade in soon.

I love the Egrets on the dead stumps. The birds don't seem to be too discouraged by your drought -- yet.

Country Mouse Studio said...

pretty amazing, what a old fellow.

James said...

Turtle shells are even more interesting than I thought especially the inside.

Thanks for giving me the great news about my posts showing up! I just hope they continue to do so. Fingers crossed! :)

That Janie Girl said...

Wow, those are huge!! I've never seen the other side...interesting.

Margaret said...

It is beautiful, though. Hey, is the heat supposes to let up by the end of this week? My horse was delayed from being shipped due to some pregnant mares were headed to Texas after NC. The transporter said it might be cooling off... I only see more heat ... But I do see rain in the forecast. i just want my horse... ;P

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Oh my, look at that size! You must be surprised by nature's beauty each and every day.
Have a sweet Sunday xxxx I am happy to finding my back on-blog land-track

SquirrelQueen said...

Goodness, your water levels just keep on dropping. That is a really big shell.

holdingmoments said...

A monster shell.
I wonder what else is in the lake?

Clint said...

Where does the turtle go off to when leaving his/her shell behind? And what does a naked turtle look like? Is the reason that we never see a naked turtle because they are inhibited?

barbara l. hale said...

Wow! Cool find.

Amanda said...

What a cool find!

Candy C. said...

Still hoping for rain for ya'll so that it will refill your pond and put all the skeletons back at the bottom!

Barb said...

Wha...? a turtle shell just surfaces in Texas - I never would have guessed!?!!

Michelle Renee said...

Wow...that's a big shell.

Allison said...

Bones and skeletons ... home on the range. ;)

Joe said...

That's a big turtle!

Susan said...

I see on your sidebar that the hot weather is continuing... boy, you've had more than your fair share over there!!
That's a big shell all right - your hand in comparison really shows just how big.

pattisjarrett said...

You are finding all kinds of crazy things!

forestwalk/laura k said...

very cool! i love turtles...with or without the turtle in 'da house'!

i have a few turtle shells i've found over the years!

Furry Bottoms said...

Thats a large turtle shell! I feel so sad that there's nothing living in it :(

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

That's an old archaic looking dude! He looks like our horseshoe crabs we have hanging around out beaches....

And lawdy mercy...I am (20) posts behind! I may have to take a breather...or beer break...or something for the next 10 minutes to get through these ;)

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