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9-14-16-mystery-photo2-20160912_8791Amphibian? Reptile? Loch Ness Monster? Please post your answer to this mystery photo under “Comments” Answer will be posted tomorrow!

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93 responses

  1. Anne Donaghy

    Green frog emerging from algae bath?

    September 13, 2016 at 6:50 am

  2. Alice Pratt

    A Frog, covered with algae 🙃

    September 13, 2016 at 6:52 am

  3. It’s a green frog covered in duckweed.

    September 13, 2016 at 6:54 am

  4. Sue Wetmore

    Looks like a duckweed covered snapping turtle

    September 13, 2016 at 6:55 am

  5. Alice Pratt

    Algae covered Snapper nose.

    September 13, 2016 at 6:57 am

  6. Snapping turtle

    September 13, 2016 at 6:58 am

  7. Rebecca weil

    Snapping turtle.

    September 13, 2016 at 7:08 am

  8. Chelydra serpentina.

    September 13, 2016 at 7:10 am

  9. Laura Andrews

    Amphibian covered with duck weed (frog)

    September 13, 2016 at 7:14 am

  10. judilindsey

    Looks like a snapping turtle head sticking out of the water and covered with mossy stuff! Judi

    September 13, 2016 at 7:15 am

  11. Karen

    Snapping turtle !

    September 13, 2016 at 7:16 am

  12. Betsy Hawes

    frog in duckweed

    September 13, 2016 at 7:19 am

  13. Alicia Herr

    Great photo! Snapping turtle.

    September 13, 2016 at 7:19 am

  14. Richard Greene

    snapping turtle

    September 13, 2016 at 7:20 am

  15. Kathie Fiveash

    Snapping turtle in the duckweed?

    September 13, 2016 at 7:21 am

  16. Chelydra serpentina.

    September 13, 2016 at 7:23 am

  17. Susan Larock

    Snapping turtle

    September 13, 2016 at 7:26 am

  18. Angela Wyman

    Snapping turtle

    September 13, 2016 at 7:27 am

  19. Robin Koczera

    a turtle with duck weed all over it?

    September 13, 2016 at 7:29 am

  20. Steve B.

    I say it’s a snapping turtle poking it’s head through duck weed.

    September 13, 2016 at 7:29 am

  21. Mary Sloat

    It looks like a stone sticking out of the water. Lichens or small sea critters on it?

    September 13, 2016 at 7:29 am

  22. Nathaniel Parke

    snapping turtle head!

    September 13, 2016 at 7:31 am

  23. Laura A Alexander

    pollen-covered frog

    September 13, 2016 at 7:32 am

  24. Patsy

    Finally, a mystery photo I know! Snapping turtle head, covered in algae

    September 13, 2016 at 7:36 am

  25. John Patterson

    Looks like the head of a snapping turtle poking up through duckweed or some other aquatic plant film.

    September 13, 2016 at 7:38 am

  26. Marcel Duhaime

    Snapping turtle

    September 13, 2016 at 7:38 am

  27. Laura Garrison

    A duck-weed encrusted deadhead (aka stick in the mud)?

    September 13, 2016 at 7:40 am

  28. Don

    Turtle in Duckweed

    September 13, 2016 at 7:42 am

  29. lynn sheldon

    Haha! Looks like a very sad rabbit to me!
    (But my more straightforward guess would be a submarining snapper.)

    September 13, 2016 at 7:42 am

  30. A frog covered in duck weed?

    September 13, 2016 at 7:48 am

  31. Elizabeth Hall

    Snapping turtle?

    September 13, 2016 at 7:51 am

  32. kpmaxon

    Duckweed-coated BIG snapper!

    September 13, 2016 at 8:04 am

  33. Marilyn

    Although it seems to have an eye, unless the head shape is distorted by that green stuff my take is that it’s the end of a stick/branch.

    September 13, 2016 at 8:05 am

  34. lt looks like an algae covered log in a pond.

    September 13, 2016 at 8:13 am

  35. Susan Thomas

    baby snapper

    September 13, 2016 at 8:23 am

  36. wolffia covered turtle head?

    September 13, 2016 at 8:28 am

  37. Carolyn McKeown

    Snapping turtle.

    September 13, 2016 at 8:30 am

  38. Lucy Hull

    A frog, covered with something…algae?

    September 13, 2016 at 8:38 am

  39. Susan Carr

    Snapping turtle covered in algae

    September 13, 2016 at 8:49 am

  40. Rosemary Putnam

    Moss-covered Rock

    Sent from my iPad

    >

    September 13, 2016 at 8:51 am

  41. Susan Elliott

    Snapping turtle. Or duckweed-covered rock.

    September 13, 2016 at 8:54 am

  42. Bobbie Rausch

    Turtle head covered in algae.

    September 13, 2016 at 8:59 am

  43. marianneblake

    snapping turtle

    September 13, 2016 at 8:59 am

  44. Carol Coddington

    Head of a snapping turtle

    September 13, 2016 at 9:13 am

  45. Turtle head

    September 13, 2016 at 9:14 am

  46. My response would be: Algae covered snapping turtle snout

    September 13, 2016 at 9:16 am

  47. Bill On The Hill...

    Hello Mr. Snapper Turtle, you have a serious case of green dandruff!

    September 13, 2016 at 9:24 am

  48. david putnam

    Half submerged log

    September 13, 2016 at 9:24 am

  49. This looks like a snapping turtle head poking out of what is a very severe bloom of the potentially toxic alga/cyanobacterium Microcycstis. Cyanobacteria like this produce serious hepatotoxins (Microcystin, for example, like what closed down Toledo’s water supply in 2014), and neurotoxins, that can effect a wide variety of vertebrates (e.g. humans and their pets, the latter of which can be killed by drinking the water). There has been some evidence that these kinds of cyanobacteria are associated with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease). I have always wondered how critters like turtles can survive immersion in these toxins. This photo is quite striking in this respect! As a supreme naturalist Mary, do you know anything about cyanotoxins and reptiles?

    September 13, 2016 at 9:28 am

  50. Peter Hollinger

    Snapping turtle in duckweed.

    September 13, 2016 at 9:50 am

  51. Gail

    It’s the head of one of those prehistorically large snappers emerging from primordial ooze.

    September 13, 2016 at 9:54 am

  52. Snapper (Common Snapping Turtle) head

    September 13, 2016 at 9:57 am

  53. Mystery photo is of the head of a snapping turtle covered with duck weed.

    September 13, 2016 at 9:58 am

  54. Bridgit

    Snapping turtle covered in algae.

    September 13, 2016 at 10:03 am

  55. Warner Historical

    A log with green moss that looks like a bull frog covered in alge?

    Rebecca

    September 13, 2016 at 10:04 am

  56. Cecilia Marchetti

    Snapping turtle

    September 13, 2016 at 10:24 am

  57. Chris

    snapping turtle!

    September 13, 2016 at 10:32 am

  58. Olivia

    Duckweed-covered snapping turtle

    September 13, 2016 at 10:39 am

  59. snapping turtle

    September 13, 2016 at 10:55 am

  60. Betsy

    Snapping turtle head

    September 13, 2016 at 11:01 am

  61. Tami

    Snapping turtle covered in pond scum.

    September 13, 2016 at 11:13 am

  62. Marie Kadan

    I think it’s an algae covered log.

    September 13, 2016 at 11:18 am

  63. Kathy Schillemat

    snapping turtle covered with algae or some other pond vegetation.

    September 13, 2016 at 11:36 am

  64. Peter Kallin

    Looks like a turtle (maybe snapper?) coated in duckweed (Lemna)

    September 13, 2016 at 11:38 am

  65. Angie

    snapping turtle!

    September 13, 2016 at 12:16 pm

  66. Donald Patterson

    Cyanobacteria?

    September 13, 2016 at 12:40 pm

  67. David Thomas-Train

    turltle avec sauce au duckweed

    September 13, 2016 at 1:27 pm

  68. Deb Cato

    Looks like the head of a snapping turtle covered with algae.

    September 13, 2016 at 1:36 pm

  69. Ruth Sylvester

    It’s a mundane answer, but… A stick covered in the pond’s weed/algae (whatever; I don’t know from pondweed). I guess water would’ve had to drop relatively suddenly

    September 13, 2016 at 1:44 pm

  70. Sandy DeRosa

    Hello. Snapping turtle head covered in algae, body submerged. Great photo 🙂

    September 13, 2016 at 2:20 pm

  71. Sue Costanza

    Its a turtle head peeking out of the water.

    September 13, 2016 at 2:57 pm

  72. cwetfeet

    Snapper?

    September 13, 2016 at 4:18 pm

  73. Ron

    turtle

    September 13, 2016 at 4:54 pm

  74. Ed S

    Snapping turtle head covered in algae

    September 13, 2016 at 4:54 pm

  75. NANCY REILLY

    snapping turtle covered in duck weed or algae

    September 13, 2016 at 5:12 pm

  76. snapping Turtle

    September 13, 2016 at 5:35 pm

  77. Kathryn

    Snapper….

    September 13, 2016 at 6:13 pm

  78. Midge Eliassen

    Frog covered in algae or cyanobacteria

    September 13, 2016 at 6:22 pm

  79. Jenny G.

    submerged log covered in algae

    September 13, 2016 at 6:35 pm

  80. Jo Anne

    A rock covered in blue green algae?

    September 13, 2016 at 6:59 pm

  81. Ruthie Ireland

    Painted turtle?

    September 13, 2016 at 7:40 pm

  82. Pam

    A rock in a pond with receding water and algae getting left on the rock?

    September 13, 2016 at 8:07 pm

  83. Lorna Carlisle

    looks like a turtle head to me

    September 13, 2016 at 8:09 pm

  84. danielle barshak

    It is a frog covered with tiny bits of the water plant (the name of which I forget) but which is sold in pet stores as a cleaner plant for aquariums.

    September 13, 2016 at 8:45 pm

  85. Snapper (Snapping Turtle) covered in duckweed

    September 13, 2016 at 9:08 pm

  86. A.W.Lambe

    It could be a snapper just raising its head above the water, but I suspect it might be a deadhead covered with duckweed or algae. Sometimes a deadhead will float up and down in the wake from a boat and the algae could settle on the log. Then after the waves moved on everything would calm down again with the log covered in algae.

    September 13, 2016 at 9:12 pm

  87. D

    Snapping turtle!

    September 13, 2016 at 9:19 pm

  88. 6cravens

    Snapper covered in algae?

    September 13, 2016 at 9:45 pm

  89. David Fedor-Cunningham

    Snapping turtle emerging from the primordial ooze!

    September 14, 2016 at 3:58 am

  90. Crocodile hh…

    September 14, 2016 at 5:44 am

  91. Jean

    Snapping turtle covered in duckweed or algae?

    September 14, 2016 at 7:24 am

  92. Cheryl Ring

    Pig Frog covered in aquatic vegetation?

    September 14, 2016 at 7:48 am

  93. Guy Stoye

    This has to be a big snapping turtle.

    September 14, 2016 at 11:12 am

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