24 August 2009

He Haunts My Dreams

For those of you who have seen my Facebook post, this is nothing new.
But for the rest of you . . .
Meet the Monster.

He was on the road near our house.
I was pulling up to the drive and saw him lurching towards me.
I thought it was a small dog at first.

He's crouching in these photos, but his legs are as long as his tail.
He walks a good six inches above the ground.
His legs are a thick as my wrists.
I could surf on his shell.

His claws are amazing.
I must say, his sheer ugliness and age are impressive.

He must be ancient.
I bet he has lived in these parts for as long as the town has been in existence.

An original resident.

I am fascinated and horrified by him.
I wanted to pick him up to move him out of the road.
To save him.
But I doubt I could have lifted him,
and even if I could have,
I doubt I'd still have my hands.

He wasn't there today.
I assume he's lurched off to greener fields.
He will probably outlive us all.

An awesome and awful sight.
Time made tangible as a turtle.


  1. Oh my gosh, is this for real? Where do you live?

  2. YES!! It's for real! Isn't he insane!! I live WAY out in the country in North Carolina. But I've never seen anything like this.

  3. yikes! have you ever heard of turtleman? look him up on youtube...it's quite a treat! ha! :)

  4. Omg, I'd love to see this guy in person..back in high school I collected turtles- not real ones- but I always had a thing for turtles back then. This is one old man!

  5. Yikes....I saw one of these when I lived in Knoxville and not knowing about them I tried to touch it...the monster snapped...whew! And boy it could move!

  6. What an amazing creature! And a beautifully written and magnificently photographed post too. Thank you!

  7. Oh, I love him. He is so wonderful! Cute even!

  8. fascinating...yet horrifying...I totally get it!!

  9. I saw one of these crossing the road this spring, and literally had to look like three times to figure out what the heck it was - dinosaur, alligator (in Missouri??), giant snapper from hell. Love your pictures, he makes for quite quite a tale.

  10. He is a ginormous snapper. I'm glad you didn't try to coax him to go anywhere. If his jaws didn't get you, his claws would have had a go.


  11. nightmares! Glad you didn't try to move him...yikes!

  12. ...legend has it that if a great serpentina crosses your path...it will bring you luck...the bigger the turtle...the greater your luck...bravo sweet lady!

  13. Heehee! I guess I am therefor a lucky, turtle-soup eating, nightmare having kind of girl.

  14. Don saw one of those on the road yesterday. He had the same quandary of saving it and getting eaten or leaving him there with hopes he would make it across. I am pretty glad he left him. We did a little we heart thursday post on you today. I am sorry that I never caught your name. I hope we did alright without it. xoxo

  15. ...PS...IT was most probably a female...as males stay in/near the water... les girls tend to hit the road...nesting & babies kind of thing...

  16. Wow.. I have never seen a turtle that looks like that!
    I would name him Jabba (as in Jabba the Hutt). ;)

  17. I am a new follower bc of Dee! I wanted to say I love your etsy shop! Such lovely and unique jewelry! :)