This fellow climbed out of Mary's Creek and up a large drainage toward Twilight Park. It was oddly calm, moving only its head up a bit to watch us then back down again. We were able to touch its shell and back foot. Perhaps this month's record rains have enabled its journey.
Five individuals near bridge and island in middle of Binney Park.
Temp. = 79F
Note: Pair of Mallards with 12 ducklings nearby.
Found in small vernal pool
Greenish brown and large
The common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) is a large freshwater turtle of the family Chelydridae. Its natural range extends from southeastern Canada, southwest to the edge of the Rocky Mountains, as far east as Nova Scotia and Florida. This species and the larger alligator snapping turtle are the only two species in this family found in North America (though the common snapping turtle, as its name implies, is much more widespread).