Sunrise hike to cattail pond. one small Snapping observed in cattail pond
Seen crawling in shallow water of stock pond.
This one had a very long tail, and a conspicuous amount of mud on its back. It was moving stealthily. I suspect snapping turtle, but I so rarely see them in the water, that it was difficult for me to discern.
This one rounded out a 5 turtle species walk along the boardwalk - pretty sweet!
sunrise hike to cattail pond. 3 snapping turtles were in the pond today. not as big as the one last seen. these had heads that were 3"-4" in diameter so still large snapping turtles
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).