Adult found attacking an adult male Northern Shoveler (http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/4723127). Photos by Doug Backlund.
Seen crossing Oak Ridge Highway. Cool, 41F. Glowing water on side of road from which animal was crossing. Heavy rains day before.
We see this big turtle periodically in the creek behind our house. Carapace is probably about 12 to 14 inches long.
Big female trying to cross busy highway 71...Rescued and relocated.
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).