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March 10, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Fast tracked turtle

Turtle. Cover of Frank Asch book Turtle Tale (Image

Time to snap: An old turtle joke…(Image

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

“Pythons discovered in abandoned Florida missile base.” 

(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.



  1. easyweimaraner / Mar 10 2017 9:06 am

    that’s the post for me…. I’m glad they are behind the screen… are they?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 11 2017 4:37 pm

      Fact is so much stranger than fiction! Easy to dismiss the animated images, but those bones and that fossilized turtle shell with that guy next to it. It was alive! Be nice to the little turtles – they may have some really really big brothers HA HA
      Thanks for adding a splashy comment


  2. Ally Bean / Mar 10 2017 11:33 am

    Ick. Snakes. Not going to watch that video, don’t care how educational it is. Titanoboa sounds more like the name of a WWE wrestler than a snake, imho.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 11 2017 4:35 pm

      HAHA – you’re right. That would make a great WWE name. Apparently a super hot climate allowed super bus-sized snakes. Totally mind-blowing…and I’m not taking any time machine back there. Thanks for slipping’ by to leave a comment


  3. Carrie Rubin / Mar 10 2017 2:46 pm

    If only we introverts could have shells that impenetrable. 😁


  4. D. Wallace Peach / Mar 10 2017 3:34 pm

    I can’t imagine anything digesting a one-ton turtle! That’s a mouthful. Fascinating facts and what a cool discovery. Thank for sharing!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 11 2017 4:28 pm

      Looking at the size of that turtle shell fossil, you can imagine the size of the snake that could swallow that whole. Super-sized creatures for real. Humans might identify with being real/ant size by comparison. (Another reason to chill the environment.) I know there’s been sci fi plots/movies with people being mini – but these fossils make it seem so possible. Thanks for wondering along

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      • D. Wallace Peach / Mar 11 2017 7:27 pm

        I was a documentary last night on bringiing the woolly mammoth back to Siberia to help with global warming. Oh boy!


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 12 2017 10:38 am

          Now that’s thinking big…or something. ( I think there were some articles on that recently…must go look as it sounds intriguing. Thanks

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  5. Littlesundog / Mar 10 2017 4:14 pm

    GAH!! I’ve been expecting the snakes to start turning up in the woods, wood piles in the orchard, and along the old river channel any day now… but no, here you come slithering along getting the jump on the real deal. Thankssssssssss. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 11 2017 4:23 pm

      I know. We used to anxiously wait for that first cold spell so the snakes would all go to sleep and footing would be less worrisome. We saw a huge fat water snake some 7+ feet long in the lake the other day – Creepy. Now I worry where the heck he’s hanging around….and does he have any relatives.
      Thank for stepping along carefully to leave a comment.

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  6. Amy / Mar 10 2017 6:31 pm

    Great videos. Thanks for another interesting post.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 11 2017 4:19 pm

      There are so many strange and fascinating things still undiscovered. Maybe cats are right to ignore humans; we know so little of what was and what is. Thanks for stopping by to watch ands chat

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  7. susielindau / Mar 11 2017 3:24 pm

    Totally creepy.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 11 2017 4:16 pm

      It is isn’t it? As big as a bus! And the warm it is, the bigger snakes can grow.
      Thanks for shivering along (even without the snow here)

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  8. heretherebespiders / Mar 12 2017 5:06 pm

    I love snakes 🙂 And, obviously, spiders! Shame the soft spider body didn’t leave many fossils. I have hope – octopi have left fossils!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 12 2017 5:09 pm

      I love fossils! So cool to see what was instead of just animations and what you imagine. Can you imagine the spiders and their webs? Discoveries still being found (what a cool job that would have been)
      Thanks fort rocking the comment corner

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  9. angelswhisper2011 / Mar 13 2017 2:05 am

    These snakes are creepy, Philmouse. Thank Cat they are in fossil now…Phew! Double Pawkisses for a Happy Week 🙂 ❤ ❤

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  10. sportsattitudes / Mar 13 2017 11:38 am

    Snakes and I have a contractual agreement to stay out of each other’s way and no one gets hurt. Every once in awhile one of them gets a bit too full of themselves and crosses paths with me. That will never end well for the snake. Never. I try to take care for all of God’s creatures but in a moment of sheer panic anything goes…and it’s usually the snake. You’d think they’d have figured that out by now…


  11. Robin King / Apr 5 2017 4:30 pm


    ::runs like the wind::


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