Crossing the road.
Governor Dodge State Park, WI
Observed crawling on the roadway between ponds at the LAERF facility.
I saw this little wrinkled thing in the water and thought maybe it was a buried mussel, so I grabbed it. It was this turtle's neck. It was probably getting ready to hibernate when I woke it up.
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.
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).