Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) photo = Turtle,Snapping_MAC_©DaveSpier_D029279iN
Observed in farm field near Otter Creek.
To our surprise while searching around the pond for more frogs and painted turtles, we came upon a snapping turtle and I was able to catch it for close up pics. My niece Jillian enjoyed holding it.
Snapping turtle, found "dead" on the side of the road by Allerton park. Realized shortly after the photo, it was still alive.
Found crossing dirt road. There is a man-made flood retention basin nearby from which the turtle was moving away from.
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).