21 Aug 2015.
Buckingham Springs, Bucks Co, PA.
Chelydra serpentine. Found about 100 feet from a vernal pool as it tried to cross a road at the park.
Was standing in shadow watching fish when he came around bend. I stood motionless while he stuck his head up checking me out. Then he just started swimming toward me and kept on going around the next bend. Pretty cool.
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).