Monday, December 14, 2009

This is a snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina). She/he has a wonderful ancient face. There are numerous interesting facts about snapping turtles and I will tell you two.

First, on wikipedia the content about the common snapping turtle is mostly about how to (or not to) pick one up and move it.

The second is that the common snapping turtle is the state reptile of New York. It was nominated by elementary school children and then received "sweeping" approval by the New York Legislature. Anyone who followed this past year of the New York legislature can appreciate that sweeping approval isn't something they are used to. Does anyone know of other state reptiles?

I need to put keywords to this image for the stock photo companies. Besides all the obvious biological ones can you name some conceptual ones that come to mind? Help...
Thanks
Sharon

7 comments:

Sharon said...

Aggressive?

Lynne said...

Armor

Gib said...

How about "alien" "weird" "strange" "two-faced" or "remarkable"?

Sharon said...

Wise, kind....the behavior and name seem at odds with the face itself which seems sort of calm and cheeful. Or, is that just me?

Suzanne said...

"When the going gets tough. . .

Well, the truly tough are undeterred.

paul Jackson said...

Don't fence me in! Overcome all obstacles. The grass is always greener. Sorry, that was all the snappy cliches I could muster. :)

Sharon said...

I like "don't fence me in"... reminds me of a song. I have grown so fond of this guy that I guess I want him to get some good concepts too. I will post a close up for a real sci-fi like experience of stranger than fiction.