Specimen was dipnetted while sampling for fish in a drainage ditch near Sterling High School in Bay Town, TX. After being photographed it was released where it had been caught.
Found this snapping turtle on the trail at Wild Basin.
Gravid female found sunning in aqueduct. Brought into Dr. Lee Young and donated to SDNHM.
Photo was taken in captivity.
hit by car
Trap in cove
Missing an eye.
Sunrise Hike at Cattail Pond, I observed this turtle in Cattail Pond. It has a double row ridged shell similar to an alligator snapping turtle. It has a thick tail and what I can only think to describe as a fat shaggy head, It remained under water.
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).