Snapping Turtle Close-up
This snapping turtle was trying to cross the road when I drove by it. I stopped and helped it across, and then took a few snap shots of it. She was a little reluctant; she probably would have snapped at my camera if she could have reached it!
The common snapping turtle 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 and as far southwest as northeastern Mexico. This species and the larger alligator snapping turtle are the only two species in this family found in North America.