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Old 11-07-2009, 10:46 PM
adavisus adavisus is offline
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Location: North Carolina
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Originally Posted by ReelMcKoi View Post
Something is biting my water lily's leaves off about 1 inch below
the surface and leaving the leaves UPSIDE-DOWN on the water.
=:-O I never saw anything like this before. Any ideas what it can be
They're not eaten, almost look like someone snipped them off and
flipped them over.
Less than a wild guess, its a snapping turtle stomping in among your lily stems, chowing down on the stems. Big enough to drag around the foliage and tilt them upside down as it goes about grazing.

You might notice 45 angle cuts, triangular notches when its turtles pecking.

After heavy rains I get large turtles turning up to lay eggs, they then hop in the nearest lily pond to dine on fine cuisine. Resorted to turtle trap mk. V1 design, to stop them from banging holes in the pond liners and scoffing lily baskets at a time.

A bait in a trap usually has the mischief maker in the trap the next day waiting for room service. A trip to a long lazy river besides a luxurious golf course.

Regards, andy