Praise report, my Dad's eye surgery went great - my mom was able to watch it on a closed circuit TV in the Dr.'s office. Dad's is home resting and has to take it easy for a while. Praise God.
The beast - which we will hence forth called " Shellton " has been captured and identified. Mr. Shellton is an alligator snapping turtle and lives up (very much so) to the 'snapping' part of the name. He measures approx. 14 inches across the top of his shell and his neck, when extended, is about 8 to 10 inches long. His tail looks like an alligators tail. Bob was present as a witness and i did get some pictures, but i have yet to figure out how to post pics. He is so quick and has such a long neck, we decided not to get too close. A neck and a stick- which were snapped numerous times by Mr. Shellton, were as close as we were willing to risk. If you or your kids ever get around one of these turtles- keep plenty of space between youself and the turtle.
He was released a few minutes after capture and appeared to be pretty upset with me as he backed his way into the pond.
We also caught several perch. I had to go in due to all of the excitement and lay down. Just that 30 minutes wore me out.
More later, just wanted to give a quick report.
G0d is always full of good news.