Very large snapping turtle. 13" width!
Female trying to lay eggs at edge of gravel parking lot
In the wetland pond with Nuphar; Coastal Plain native plant area. I assume this turtle came up from the creek and got a good deal!
sunrise hike to cattail pond. This is the biggest turtle head I think I have seen in cattail pond. At first glance it looked like a log sticking up out of the water. It was at least 6"in diameter
Digging a hole for eggs.
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).