Fast tracked turtle
We now know why the turtle winks and looks smug as it inches by.
Finally got the scoop on that slow and steady turtle vs party bunny race.
Not simply an annoying lesson to lecture kids, but based on a real natural phenomenon like many other myths and legends
This one may make your skin crawl.
Titanoboa was a resident of South America during the early Paleocene which was after the T Rex period.
Since 2004, fossils of 28 Titanoboa snakes have been discovered in Cerrejon, Columbia. (one of the largest open pit mines in the world).
Thoughts not hopping to the connection to the Turtle Tale?
During that time period and in that location, giant one-ton snapping turtles, Carbonemys, thrived. (You can see the fossilized shell of one in the short video below).
Both predator species splashed around the water, so they probably encountered each other on occasion.
But the turtle probably was the champion.
Why? Because the turtle shell was too darn difficult to digest….even during slow and steady snake constrictions.
Serious indigestion, and everyone learns to avoid foods that cause that.
So it may sound hair brained, but knowing family history may be why today’s turtles seem so smug and unconcerned about just about everything.
Especially with the climate heating up once again.
Is our only hope some creatures are too arrogant to look both ways crossing the road?
Thinking quick like a bunny,
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge
Video: 18 facts about this giant snake and images of ancient turtle combatant
(Do they know something we don’t? Are they evaluating a staging area in preparation?)
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water / warm Florida sun
Have a great Spring Break.