The thing on the trail

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  1. Actor

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    It's on the right just past the second log. What is it?

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    Theodore Roosevelt National Park, July 2008.
     
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    iono zoom in
     
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    turtle :lol: idk
     
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    Pretty


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    I'd say a turtle as well.
     
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    yeah, it looks like a turtle to me as well.
     
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    First choice turtle, second choice armadillo (not quite the right environment). Third choice alien life form. Are we going to get the answer?
     
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    turtle....? my first thought.
     
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    I'm not absolutely certain I know the answer.

    I've shown this picture to a lot of people. Turtle seems to be the most popular answer. The second most popular answer is animal dung.

    My own answer is rattlesnake. I got as close as I dared, zoomed in as much as I could, took the shot and retreated. No one I've shown it to has thought it was a snake.
     
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    Oh, you mean a coiled up snake. I see how that could be. But there is not enough detail. Next time, grow a pair and get closer! :lol: After all, losing your life for a good photo is part of your duty as a photographer...
     
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    Oh come on now, snakes can only strike half the distance of their body length - so even some of the biggest ones you can get within 10 feet :lol:

    If that is a snake, there's a chance you walked right by others that were much closer that you didn't even see ;)
     
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    Dying by rattlesnake bite is a fate I would not wish upon my worst enemy. The flesh falls off your bones, your nervous system goes into hyper drive and they have to tie you down. Anti-venom spoils so quickly that the anti-venom they treat you with probably is manufactured after you get bitten, has to be flown in and you probably won't get any for 24 hours.

    A thought that was with me every step back to the trail head. We tried to keep to the middle of the path.

    There was a big sign at the trail head that said "Rattlesnakes in area" so I was probably predisposed to think it was a snake. Then again, I had a 3-D view. :greenpbl:
     

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