Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina serpentina)

Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina - May 2002

Found in a shallow pond foraging amoung feral horses

Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina - May 2002

Note deformed shell presumably resulting from being stepped on by a horse

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina - May 2002

Captured in a hoop trap in a dune wetland

Chattahoochie National Recreation Area, Fulton Co., Georgia - June 2002

Found in a small creek feeding the Chattahoochie River

Chattahoochie National Recreation Area, Fulton Co., Georgia - June 2002
Lancaster Co., SC - May 2004
Lancaster Co., SC - May 2004

Ellenton Bay, Savannah River Site, Aiken Co., SC - June 2005

This is a turtle that I caught that my advisor, Whit Gibbons (on right), marked in 1975 (4 years before I was born). This 30 yr recapture is the longest turtle recapture to date on the Savannah River Site.

Charitan Co., Missouri - July 2007

large snapper hiding in mud at the edge of a drying pond

Charitan Co., Missouri - July 2007

after extracting from the mud


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