Skip to comments.Man finds turtle with son's initials on it [after 47 years]
Posted on 05/06/2012 3:25:51 AM PDT by Daffynition
SOUTH STRABANE, Pa., May 5 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania man said he recently found a live turtle his son carved his initials into 47 years ago.
Holland Cokeley, 85, was walking in the woods behind his South Strabane home with his neighbor's dog when the dog found the turtle, KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh, reported Friday.
"I picked it up, and I thought, 'Oh geez, this is Jeff's turtle!'" said Cokeley. "It's been here for 47 years, and it still has the same markings on it!"
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Around here we plink them with .22’s by the hundreds.
Young Jeff should have had hit bottom whooped.
Cause there so fast and elusive but more so,
This is why...DainBramage
47 years...That’s almost as long as massive alcoholic, 3rd world immigrant enabler and woman drowner Ted Kennedy was Senator.
They probably weren’t protected 40 years or so ago when the initials were carved in it.
I’m gonna’ give DainBramage the benefit of the doubt and say that he posted without thinking. We’ve all done that in the past.
If that’s not the case, then he’s got a serious ‘manhood’ issue to deal with.
Nobody will deny that they make easy “targets”, sitting out there on a log basking in the sun......for a ten year-old kid that just got his first .22 for his birthday, that is.
I got Box turtle that live just behind my property.... for the past 3 years I have had remove it from my yard as my dog thinks its great fun to play catch and fetch with... no doubt I will have to do so again this year... And yes I know its the same box turtle, my son decorated the edge of its shell with a silver sharpy marker the first year we found it.
We actually shoot them when they pop thier heads up out of the water. Much harder to do than you think.
Many years ago I worked on a large cattle ranch and we also had stock tanks. They were about 3’ high and made of corregated metal.
Climbing turtles? C’mon, my FRiend, we’re not that stupid. Besides that, I would think that the rotting carcasses of “...hundreds of turtles” would poison the well, so to speak.
You must be that stupid and never been out west. Stock tanks and ponds are the same,, DUH
I honestly can’t think of a reason I’d shoot a turtle.
They’re one of the good guys.
And there literally are hundreds of them. BTW what is a climbing turtle?
Those are snappers in the tanks- they are a pest species, and can be quite dangerous. Everybody shoots them. I once saw one in the middle of a road near a lake that was big enough to be a traffic hazard- and two teenage girls standing right by it wanting to help it. I pulled up and told them to get away from the thing before they lost some fingers or toes- and then called the cops to get animal control out there and dispose of the thing.
This article is about a box turtle- they are a harmless, helpful species, and nobody shoots them. In fact, if I see one in the road, I’ll pull over and put it off the road.
The story is about tortoise “Box Turtle” not what those of in Texas know is the water turtle called a “slider”.
Secondly, its pretty lame to be shooting a rifle at a low angle on the water, the damn 22 can fly a mile from glancing off water surface. Want to shoot, go to a range, we don't need to be dodging your whizzing ricochet bullets every weekend!
In West Texas they call a pond a “stock tank”, even though lots of ranches do have a “steel or concrete tank” next to a windmill for cattle.
Im betting your the city slicker between the two of us. BTW nobody I know from Texas calls them sliders. Maybe in Dallas lol.
Yeah right. Still got that Uhaul receipt “cowboy”?
Dahmer? Is that you?
Around here we plink them with .22s by the hundreds.
Dahmer? Is that you?
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Is that comment supposed to make us think you are some sort of rugged outdoorsman?
Youve never plinked turtles?
Where in the article does it say Box turtles? Around here they snap and bite your fishing line or toe.
Holland Cokeley said he kept the turtle for a few days, then released it.<<
From another source: >>The year 1965 was also when a 13-year-old boy in Pennsylvania found a box turtle, carved his initials and the year into its rock-hard shell, and then let the creature go.<<
FWIW DB, from my experience, box turtles do not spend time in the water like sliders and painters. So if the turts you are *plinking* are like those in your image, I think they are snapping turtles, and again, from my experience, a .22 [a .22L, maybe, but doubt it will kill them] will not penetrate their thick, tough shell.
My shooting ethic embraces the notion..if you shoot it...you cook it/if you hook it, you cook it. Even if the snapper is a pest, I would never, never just shoot it and leave it...figure out a way to relocate it, with a live catch 'n release. We've done that with snappers who inhabited our lake...but they were formidable in size...big as bath mats....I didn't like them lounging/basking around the floating dock while the kids were swimming nearby. I don't particularly like snappers, but respect them because they can be ancient of days.
One of the great pleasures of lake living, is to paddle up to a log that is crowded with basking painters and when they spot you at the last second, all dive in the water simultaneously.
And yes, painted turtles will bite your fishing bait...but that is rare.
A .22 LR will penetrate Red Eared Slider shells.
Back when I was about 10, I sat on the bank of a stock tank at the deer lease and shot turtles for many hours and several days.
A few days later, there were what seemed like thousands (probably several 100) dead ones washed up on the bank.
The African fishermen in my village growing up used to cut the heads off of the turtles that ate their bait while fishing the canals.
I agree...a .22L will penetrate the shell of a painter or a slider. It would probably just cause a snapper to move somewhere else for a while.
Shooting on water, defies my common sense.
Alligator snapping turtle....have you ever seen them jump. People think turtles are slow. But this one...you need to watch out for.....His neck is deceptively long and can just out as fast as a cobra.
You are correct but by the same token, there were no people or houses within the mile and a half range of a LR. Also I am a tad bit smarter than I was 40 years ago.
B4 or after they carved their initials in the turtle’s carapace? :)
“This article is about a box turtle- they are a harmless, helpful species, and nobody shoots them. In fact, if I see one in the road, Ill pull over and put it off the road.”
Correct and they live on land in wooded areas, NOT in ponds!!
I was able to save a big, heavy snapper a couple of weeks ago. I wonder how old she was? She kept turning around and snapping when I put her down, hoping that she would head to the pond a little ways away. I didn't want to leave her heading in the wrong direction towards heavy traffic, but I didn't want any ticks, so I was hoping rather than turning and snapping she would head for the pond. I kept getting her closer to the pond, but she wasn't cooperating. Finally, I believe, The LORD said to me in my heart, talk to her. So I started to talked to her and she calmed right down and stopped snapping. I was able to put her nearer to the pond without her being spastic, and she was headed in the right direction.
Later on the way back I checked the highway, but she wasn't dead on it. She must have gone into the pond. I was glad to see the road empty of of a dead turtle. There was a nasty tick on my coat, though, and all kinds of turtle slime:)
A while ago I was able to save a snapper who sat on my lap and behaved for about 30 miles all the way to the vet. We have an animal clinic in Madison that takes wild animals, treats them, and then gives them to someone who rehabilitates them and either get them back out into nature, if possible, or gives them to good souls who adopt them. The place has been a real God send.
With a mainly vegetarian and insect diet, they are harmless.
They love fruit and can often be found in upland wooded areas that have wild strawberries and dewberries.
I never did find the article from Yankee Magazine a few years back about a fellow in the Northeast who rescues snappers and relocates them in other ponds/marshes for people who want them evacuated.
When we lived on a lake, we'd catch them and put them in marshlands far from us, two towns over. Vicious critters. Big as doormats. After I read the article, I figured that as fast as we were removing them, this guy was probably putting them back in our lake. ;)
mmm good to know.... Ill have to put up some kind of defense around the new strawberry patch next year
But what you don't know...is stock tanks can mean regular old ponds.
That said....there's plenty of creeks around here that you can't set trot lines, or limb lines...because the water turtles are so thick.
Years ago...I was fishing a beautiful little pond in S.E. KS. Threw my lure...out and WHAM...thought I had a 7 lb. bass.....turned out it was a turtle. Was a bit tricky getting the lure back. Ha!!
Personally I think box turtles are cool. Water turtles....not so much.
Never heard them called sliders...though. We just call them turtles. : )
I don’t give a hoot about the turtles, but what’s the point of killing them? Just for target practice? Ever wonder how shooting gets a bad name??????
Have hunted for almost 60 years, but was always taught to not shoot at anything you don’t intend to kill and don’t kill anything you ain’t gonna eat.
You ever ate a coyote?
BTW, you ain't no expert....noob.