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Posted by anuraanman on April 13, 2003 at 21:38:54:
Ok, so I was out in a pond looking for some woodfrogs when I noticed an unusually shaped rock on the bottom of the pond (only about 10 inches deep). To be safe I grabbed a stick and gently poked the rock and flipped it over to reveal a head, four legs and a tail. Unfortuatly it was dead, but, being dead I wasted no time grabbing it up and carrying it to shore. I took it up to my house and pressure washed the shell to get algae off. When I did this I noticed something remarkable. It was the same turtle I had seen exactly one year ago today. I recognised it by a bullet wound at the edge of the shell and some shell damage behind it's head. Last year I had seen it literally underneath a turtle three times it size on land. (a territorial dispute???) Well it is clear who won in the long run...lol. I got some photos, any ideas what killed this beast? It can't have been dead for too long, unless it was frozen in ice I immagine it died this spring, but since the pond is vernal it had no water prior to this spring. Here are some pics to give you an idea of what shape the turtle was in. Oh, forgot to mention it's foot was swollen.
I'll try putting some pics up as a follow up, let me know how you think it died after you check out all the pics.