Large adult female, missing right hind leg - old, healed injury.
Turtle stooped middle gravel 32E Prawda School Rd between 12N & 16N. Rapidly continued east when car arrived close. Largest live one I have seen, at least 40 cm carapace, amazing tail & neck. Habitat wet overgrown field to west & full flowing drain to east.
Vulture seen feeding on this carcass in a shallow area of the creek
Snapping turtle nest site. Traffic cone for scale- it's about 18 inches tall.
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).