Dear Mr. Coyote,
My name is Penelope James and I am 12 years old. I love your show…and I love herpetology and I love reptiles. I love them so much that I named my dog Herpe! My mom said that was a weird name…but she has fake eye brows…I think that’s weird. Do you have a dog? What’s its name?
Well…last week I was trying to catch some frogs in the pond behind my house when Herpe started barking like a crazy head! I ran over to see what the fuss was and he had cornered a dinosaur sized Snapping Turtle. I knew it was a Snapping Turtle because he was snapping…and he was angry.
Sometimes my daddy gets snappy at me because I leave dirty dishes in the sink. But he never gets as snappy as this turtle was. I am pretty sure he wanted to eat Herpe’s nose! It’s a good thing that he didn’t…how else would he smell out reptiles for me!
I was hoping that maybe you could do a show on Snapping Turtles so that other little girls like me could learn what to do if they run into one while catching frogs!
I told my daddy that I was going to write you a letter…he wanted me to tell you that you have loose screws. Our picnic table has some loose screw too! I love that picnic table!
Please catch me the Snappiest Snapping Turtle you can!
Love, your friend,
IN RESPONSE TO PENELOPE JAMES:
Sounds like you had one heck of a crazy encounter with a prehistoric beast! Herpe sounds like a great friend...it is hard these days to find reliable reptile wrangling dogs...you are very lucky! Give that old hound a belly scratch for me!
I do have a dog...her name is Frosty, she is a little dog, but a tough one...she enjoys hiking and running in the yard. She loves reptiles too! Here is a picture!
I am glad that you are into reptiles and amphibians...it is important for children to peel themselves away from the Wii and Xbox and get out into nature to find all of the fantastical creatures that live around us. It is funny that you ran into a snapping turtle...that just happens to be the subject of our first show! Keep your eyes peeled...we are shooting now and should have the episode finished soon.
Good luck catching frogs and be careful around snapping turtles...you don't want to loose a finger!
Thanks for the kind letter,
PS...i also think it is weird that your mom has fake eyebrows!