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  • Posted June 17, 2011 by
    Danforth, Maine

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    Escorting a snapping turtle across the road to safety


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     RogerNamVet was driving near downtown Danforth, Maine, when he saw a snapping turtle edging towards the asphalt. A self-described animal lover, he immediately pulled over to help shepherd the reptile across the road. 'Frankly, I didn't think anyone at all would even be interested much in a snapping turtle,' he said. 'But when the man stopped in his white van, and didn't know what kind of turtle it was, I realized that many people must not see too many snapping turtles.'
    - jmsaba, CNN iReport producer

    I saw a snapping turtle in an area where I've seen them before, as there is a stream to a lake that passes underneath the road.

    I really like turtles.

    Although I was shy and sensitive growing up, and cried at my first boy scout meeting, filling me with shame that I never went back, there is a boy scout within me.  My counselors tell me that I have a, "good heart," whatever that means.  I do know that when I drive back from Bangor at night, I drive at 35 miles an hour, the last 25 miles, on rural route 169, so I do NOT run over the animals.

    What surprised me is that the man in the white van did not know it was a snapping turtle, which tells me he's not from Maine.  I've lived here for eight years, but did not recognize the strange call of a vixen fox, calling for it's mate, on my property at 3 am.  Always some interesting nature to watch in Maine.

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