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Baby Steps A just-born snapping turtle (I found it only a few feet from the nest site where the egg remnants laid) crossing a gravel footpath in the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge in northern Illinois. It is about 4 or 5 centimeters across the carapace. Chelydra serpentina,Common snapping turtle,Geotagged,Illinois,Reptiles,United States,Upper Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Baby Steps

A just-born snapping turtle (I found it only a few feet from the nest site where the egg remnants laid) crossing a gravel footpath in the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge in northern Illinois. It is about 4 or 5 centimeters across the carapace.

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  1. Cute! Is it really, though? Can it bite badly at this age? Posted 8 years ago
    1. I don't believe it really has any idea of self defense at this young age. I think in a couple weeks it would be more of a nipper than it is now, but certainly not on the level of it's mother or even the one I posted the other day. Posted 8 years ago, modified 7 years ago

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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.

Similar species: Turtles And Tortoises
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Uploaded May 13, 2014. Captured May 12, 2014 07:52 in Great River Trail, Savanna, IL 61074, USA.
  • TG-830
  • f/4.7
  • 10/3200s
  • ISO125
  • 6.6mm