Thursday, May 19, 2011

Snapping Turtle Science

According to the CritterZone, the snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) is the largest type of freshwater turtle in the United States. They have an upper shell that is not large enough for them to withdraw inside completely. They have large nails on all four feet and a "long, fleshy tail, with an alligator-like crest."

Their powerful jaws have sharp edges. They move so quickly when they attack that it's difficult to trace the motion - as I can attest to from having startled the turtle I saw this week. A snapping turtle of the size in my photos and adventure could easily remove my little finger.

Evidently, they come out of the water to mate. I hope to see some babies in the near future.

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