Hatchling crossing the highway at the end of the afternoon. It was a mild December day, high of 61F.
One individual observed at a small park surrounded by apartment complexes and roads with traffic.
Foraging in the out flow of Longhorn Dam. Egrets and cormorants will line up for fish coming over the dam. EX: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1094710
Sunrise hike to Cattail Pond
After the duck and great egret left Cattail Pond I walked around the pond to look for blanchard's cricket frogs. instead I observed this snapping turtle near the shore and near the surface of the water. at first I thought it was dead because it wasn't moving and it has a large hole in the top of its shell. as I was photographing it's head it slowly opened it's eye, slowly moved its head and then slowly swam away.
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).