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By: Greg Mertz, DVM
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Snapping turtle with Daisy

Snapping turtle with Daisy

I went out for a walk this morning with Daisy Dog and encountered a snapping turtle who was out of the water in order to lay her eggs. Many spring-time activities are still happening even though it is the first day of summer. That was a cold wet spring we had! She grudgingly but calmly let me take her photo. She gave me a cold hard stare. I noticed she was getting hit hard with mosquitoes, so to help her out I took off my hat and gently slapped her across the face to shoo them away. It was like I had slapped my grandmother! She charged me snapping, physically knocking me over backwards. I skittered out of her way and let her to her own devices.