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Posted by: batrachos at Tue Jul 22 14:35:23 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by batrachos ]  
   

I was snorkeling yesterday and caught an unusually nicely marked stripe-necked musk turtle. I grabbed him and started making my way to the bank where I had left my camera. While I wasn't looking he managed to wriggle around and bite through my fingertip! I dropped him and he fled. I now have a semicircular flap of flesh held to my fingertip with a bandage; I'm hoping it won't necrotize.

This is the first time I've been bitten by a kinosternid, despite spending many hours handling many dozens of the beasts. Just goes to show you can't let your guard down!


   

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