Sunrise hike to cattail pond, one turtle seen in cattail pond this morning. it was 39 degrees and windy
Snapping turtle was observed laying eggs on sandy beach of Ives Lake near the outlet of the lake into the River Stix. She was not actively digging when we observed her, but was not motionless. Weather: partly cloudy, temperature 70s F. Moon phase: waning gibbous. Lake has some granite outcrops along its shore and an adjacent wetland to the southwest. The surrounding forest is mixed hardwood/conifer. Observers were Henry Loope (photographer), Walt Loope, and Lora Loope.
AOR on Route 22. Imaged only. GTS 1074.
sunrise hike to cattail pond , Two medium sized snappers seen in the pond this morning
POND LIFE AT CROSS OAKS ELEMENTARY
Snapping turtles can be invasive. We found several babies last spring surrounding the pond. There are also resident Red Eared Sliders. Lets start "Snapping" some pictures :) READ SOME VERY INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SNAPPERS http://www.buzzfeed.com/turtlefeed/10-awesome-snapping-turtle-facts-ruc
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).