Snapping turtle with leech.
Recently hatched as you can see by its size.
This turtle was located on September 18, 2016 on a path leading away from a small wetland and going to the deep clay and mud grounds of the forest, possibly preparing for his winter hibernation?
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).