Nature Notes

September 6, 2009

Common Snapping Turtle

Filed under: Animals — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am
Common Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina

Common Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina

The Common Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina, is a large fresh water species of turtle with an aggressive disposition and the large powerful jaws to back it up. They are long lived creatures which can grow to weigh 16 kg. (35 lbs) in the wild. In late spring the female digs a hole and lays leathery shelled eggs, up to 80 a season.

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  1. Wow! Impressive animal! I love the moss on the shell. Nice shots. Greetings.

    Comment by macroinstantes — September 6, 2009 @ 8:11 am

  2. Thanks for the kind words.

    I love your website, the macro images are fabulous.

    Regards, Harold

    Comment by Harold — September 6, 2009 @ 11:58 pm

  3. I have just see one in my yard today. It’s about 10 lbs with the moss on the shell.
    Beautiful wild nature creature.

    Comment by H. King — September 20, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

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