From Xplor for Kids
October 2011 Issue

Photos With Nop and Dave: Not Your Typical Snapshot

Publish Date

Oct 01, 2011

Photographer Nop Paothong was driving around Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge when he spotted a huge snapping turtle lumbering across the road. Always on the prowl for good pictures, Nop hopped from his truck, camera in hand. He crept close to the turtle and planted his tripod. But when Nop snapped a photo, the turtle snapped back! It lunged at Nop, knocking him over.

“I had no idea turtles could jump like that,” Nop says.

It wasn’t Nop’s first bad experience with a snapping turtle. Nop is originally from Thailand, a country in Southeast Asia. When he moved to the United States, he was unfamiliar with snapping turtles—and how cranky they can be. Once, Nop tried to coax a snapping turtle off a busy street. When he gently prodded the turtle with his foot, the turtle whipped around and bit his boot. Nop didn’t have much luck with the Squaw Creek turtle, either.

“After the first few shots, you just see blurry photos of the turtle trying to bite me,” Nop says. “I guess that’s where the name ‘snapping turtle’ comes from.”

Also in this issue

You Discover

How do you collect a mushroom's signature? Make a spore print.

Wild Jobs: Conservation Agent Tammy Pierson

For conservation agent Tammy Pierson, no two days are ever the same.

My Outdoor Adventure

Despite some early rotten luck, Eli Raithel has a great first duck hunt.

The Yearlong Hunt

Lub-dub. Twelve-year-old Tyler Muenks feels his heart pounding—in his chest, in his head, in his finger resting on the rifle’s trigger. Lub-dub. The whitetail buck turns broadside, the deer’s wide rack glistening in the early morning light.

Anmal Assassins

Humans aren’t the only animals that hunt. To eat, wild predators must catch their dinner. And though they don’t have rifles or fishing rods, animal assassins are armed to the teeth. Just check out these amazing adaptations for capturing prey.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Brett Dufur
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Kevin Lanahan
Kevin Muenks
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
Tim Smith
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White
Kipp Woods

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