A beaver?

There is a small beaver pond just before crossing the Lake Fork River on the way to the Center Park, Dry Gulch, or Swift Creek trailheads on the south slope of the Uintas.
June-18-2010

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Marcsoltan

Marcsoltan - Jun 20, 2010 10:09 am - Voted 10/10

Well,

I've never seen a beaver dam that looked like a big mound, but then again you never know. This could have been built by a beaver with a different way of thinking.

ZeeJay

ZeeJay - Jun 20, 2010 10:45 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Well,

That's their lodge, the tallest one I've ever seen. It's surrounded on all sides by water several feet deep. I wonder how they get that much mud out there.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jun 21, 2010 12:14 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Well,

They use their tails as shovels.

You "failed" to mention the moose. I would have noticed the moose long before I would have noticed the beaver lodge, but like Marc pointed out ...

Everybody has a special way of thinking.

ZeeJay

ZeeJay - Jun 21, 2010 4:22 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Well,

That's a moose? I thought it was a beaver.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jun 21, 2010 10:35 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Well,

Nope, here be a beaver:




They utilize their tail as a digging implement.

Gee Zee, you just learned another incredible fact, right here on the BIG SP !!!!!

ZeeJay

ZeeJay - Jun 21, 2010 11:35 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Well,

My bad, they are both brown.

Noondueler

Noondueler - Jun 21, 2010 12:16 am - Voted 10/10

Great shot!

Interesting content. That algae seems to grow everywhere.

ZeeJay

ZeeJay - Jun 21, 2010 4:24 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great shot!

Thanks! I'd rather have had nice flowering lily pads than the algae, but you can't have everything.

Noondueler

Noondueler - Jun 21, 2010 8:19 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Great shot!

When I was a kid growing up in Florida we used to hunt and collect turtles for pets and they would hide in that algae.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jun 21, 2010 10:30 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Great shot!

Were they "snapping" turtles ??? ?

Noondueler

Noondueler - Jun 21, 2010 11:50 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Great shot!

Snappers, musk, mud, red-eared terrapins, peninsula cooters, softshells (softshell are very fast and hard to catch) you name it! Even the occasional wood turtle, not to mention box turtles and gophers.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jun 22, 2010 12:31 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Great shot!

Yeah. I saw several Box turtles in a small
creek north of Phoenix, AZ.

Softshells are cool! Don't they make
"turtle soup" using softshells in SE Asia?

I need to perform further research.

Noondueler

Noondueler - Jun 22, 2010 1:23 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Great shot!

I doubt if you saw box turtles because they are land turtles. They don't swim. When threatened, they tuck head and feet in there hinged shell and close up shop completetely, tight as a drum. As for 'turtle soup' I'm not up on that. Further research is in order.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jun 22, 2010 10:33 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Great shot!

It was a Painted turtle.

Should have guessed .. a Painted turtle
setting up shop inside the Court of The
Crimson King. How quaint ...

Have you ever seen a Pond Slider? Cool critters !!!

Good luck on your research.

Noondueler

Noondueler - Jun 23, 2010 1:30 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Great shot!

Totally forgot about painted turtles! Left out sliders and map turtles as well.

Dean

Dean - Sep 4, 2010 11:01 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Great shot!

How about turtle rock soup?
Click here

lcarreau

lcarreau - Sep 4, 2010 11:04 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Great shot!

Dean .....?

Like I said before: If 'Fogerty' can stop the rain, I can stop
thinking about painting the turtle!

Sorry, I mean beaver..

"Leave it to beaver!"

lcarreau

lcarreau - Sep 5, 2010 9:29 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Great shot!

Conclusive question :

"How much wood would a woodchuck chuck,
If a woodchuck could chuck wood?
He would chuck, he would, as much as he could,
And chuck as much as a woodchuck would,
If a woodchuck could chuck wood."

mrchad9

mrchad9 - Oct 30, 2010 6:07 am - Voted 10/10

Fantastic...

Every spot in this photo has something interesting. Super!

ZeeJay

ZeeJay - Oct 30, 2010 7:55 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Fantastic...

Thanks!, that's one of my favorite pictures.

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