Master William, of the Kingdom of Meridies, relates a tale of danger and salvation from Pennsic XXXIX involving a snapping turtle and a tent stake. Master William shares the tale on his blog, Will's Miscellanous Musings.
Master William writes:
I stumbled outside in my nightshirt and bare feet and went around to the end of the tent where . . .
It was the biggest snapping turtle I have ever seen!
“Hey, that’s the biggest snapping turtle I’ve ever seen!”
This thing was at least eighteen inches in diameter, and had a bite radius of about an inch. All the flapping and thrashing was because he’d attempted a close pass by our tent wall and snagged his lower shell on a tent stake.