Observed exuvia within a recess between two boulders in a rocky canyon drainage - coastal sage scrub-chaparral mix. C.ruber exuvia obsered approximately 95 meters down the drainage. Exuvia approximately 6.4 cm diameter.
Observed exuvia (approximately 88 cm SVL loose) underneath a boulder overhang in rocky canyon drainage, within coastal sage scrub-chaparral mix. Snake feces observed approximately 1.0 meter away may or may not be from the same snake - or same species. C.mitchelli exuvia obsered approximately 95 meters up the drainage.
About 1 meter long, sunning on trail in morning. Conqueror Trail in Forestal Reserve, near start of Portuguese Bend Reserve.
Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
30 August 2015: Visiting the campus of Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas can be an occasion to take some interesting wildlife images because of the two small ponds that are located on campus immediately to the north of the main campus library which is called the Blagg-Huey Library. This was the case today when we returned to peruse the library and in passing observed this Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina). The big turtle was amicable enough to allow us to take several close images of it. As Common Snapping Turtles go this was not an older specimen rather it would be considered to be on the younger side since these turtles can get to be up to 35 pounds and live up to 30 years in the wild. According to the online Web site called Texas Turtles, “The common snapping turtle has a geographic distribution that extends from southern Canada into the United States, east of the Rocky Mountains, and southward into Mexico, Central America, and Ecuador. Of the two species [of snapping turtles], alligator snapping turtles occupy a smaller range and are restricted to river systems in the southeastern United States.” Because of its extensive presence throughout portions of North and South America, the Common Snapping Turtle is invariably an authentic resident of the Western Hemisphere.
Source: “Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina), Linnaeus, 1758,” Texas Turtles, www.Texasturtles.com, accessed 8.30.15, http://www.texasturtles.org/Chelydra_serpentina.html