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I shot this photo yesterday when looking at property in Spring Lake subdivision in Huntsville, Texas. This guy was crossing the road. I don't think he was very happy. He hissed at me!


Ellie Ortmann
Keller Williams Realty Integrity Northwest - Buffalo, MN
"Put Your Red On"

Nice photo!

May 19, 2013 09:37 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

At first I thought this was a snake but now think it is a turtle but I didn't know they hissed. Did it get across the road?

May 19, 2013 09:48 AM
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker - Naples, FL

Did you pick him up?  He does not look like a snapper, just scared!

May 19, 2013 10:10 AM
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Joni:  I guess he was a bit camera shy! :)

May 19, 2013 10:24 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Joni, It must be turtle time because I saw a couple trying to cross the road this weekend too. I even wanted to stop and take a photo but was running late and couldn't.

May 19, 2013 12:06 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Joni did you give him a kiss on the beak to see if he would turn into a prince ....... OH YA that is frogs not turtles ...... LOL

May 19, 2013 12:11 PM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Oh I think he is a snapper! I usually just pick them up put them in my back seat and drive them to the nearest bayou or water canal and take them to the waters edge.

May 19, 2013 01:32 PM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Grant: I moved to make room for another driver who wanted to check him out. I was in the road for a good 15 minutes before she drove up. When I left, she was keeping him company!

Jeanne: Me either!

Ellie:  Thanks!

Margaret: I didn't either. I was going to pick him up and help him across and he hissed! YIKES! Then... (see 1st comment)...

Christine: See my first comment...

Jane: He was fine until I was finished and tried to pick him up! HA!

Debbie: Yes ma'am!!

RIGHT! No I did not, George!! Rick is my only frog turned prince! HA! Don't tell him I said that!! I AM JUST KIDDING!

Sussie: He was crossing the street FROM the water. Oh! It may have been a she, wanting to lay eggs. 

May 19, 2013 01:46 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Joni, at first I thought it was a snake but taking a harder look see that it is a turtle.  Great shot.  Can't believe he would hiss at you Joni :)

May 19, 2013 02:08 PM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Rebecca: I would NOT have gotten that close to ANY snake! LOL! And boy did he (maybe she) HISS!!

May 19, 2013 02:13 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I will never forget while visiting relatives in Kansas several decades ago, I saw a tortoise crossing the road.  We stopped long enough to plop it onto the floorboard, thinking we'd eventually bring it back to California.  Funny thing though, it never made it back.  It disappeared out of the car.  It's remains a mystery to this day.  Somehow, I think my mother must have quietly put it back in the wild. . .:-)

May 19, 2013 02:26 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Joni, I can not believe anyone would hiss at you:)) he must have been an old grouchy one:)))

May 19, 2013 02:43 PM
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas


I rarely see turtles let along one this close. We saw a huge one up on the beach in Maui when we were there in March but people pretty much stay back from them.  Great pic!!!

May 19, 2013 03:21 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Joni, I would NOT get this close, but know you have a new lens, so hopefully you weren't that close!     What type of snake, I thought it was a turtle first too.

May 19, 2013 11:18 PM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Myrl: LOL! That sure sounds like something a mom would do! 0:O)

Joan: It is NOT a snake. It is a turtle. I wouldn't get within 10 20 30 40 50 feet of a snake! Unless of course it was behind glass! :)

May 20, 2013 12:00 AM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Hi Joni,

This guys definitely has attitude...  and then some!  I think he's been in his shell to long... he's looking a little pinked around the edges! lol  Great shot Joni!!!

May 20, 2013 02:23 PM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Maybe that's his problem! He needs to get out more!! :))) XOXOX Thanks for stopping by, Linda!

May 20, 2013 02:33 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Joni, like Rebecca Gaujot, at first I thought this was a snake.  I'm glad it is a turtle.  what a great photographer you are!

May 21, 2013 12:27 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Joni, that's one funny looking critter!  Glad he didn't snap at you.

May 21, 2013 01:02 PM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Sharon: No way! I would need a super duper telephoto lens to get a close up of a snake. Like from 3 zillon feet away! LOL!

Patricia: Me too! The hissing was enough of a hint for me! :)

May 21, 2013 01:54 PM