JungleDragon is a nature and wildlife community for photographers, travellers and anyone who loves nature. We're genuine, free, ad-free and beautiful.

Join

A smile to beguile Several years ago, I had my first introduction to the awe inspiring Common Snapping turtle. The size rendered me speechless (the carapace on this one being around 38 cm). And very quickly, I learned that the wonderful look of contentment and joy that seems apparent on these characters faces is completely misleading....... <br />
<br />
I witnessed first hand, the combative disposition these turtles are known for when out of the water...with their powerful beak-like jaws, large claws, muscular build and highly mobile head and neck, they present a real danger to all who come near.  <br />
Having found itself on the road, this snapper was herded back in to vegetation, well away from traffic.  Chelydra serpentina,Chelydridae,Common snapping turtle,Geotagged,North America,Pennsylvania,Summer,United States,Vertebrate,fauna,freshwater turtle,reptile Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

A smile to beguile

Several years ago, I had my first introduction to the awe inspiring Common Snapping turtle. The size rendered me speechless (the carapace on this one being around 38 cm). And very quickly, I learned that the wonderful look of contentment and joy that seems apparent on these characters faces is completely misleading.......

I witnessed first hand, the combative disposition these turtles are known for when out of the water...with their powerful beak-like jaws, large claws, muscular build and highly mobile head and neck, they present a real danger to all who come near.
Having found itself on the road, this snapper was herded back in to vegetation, well away from traffic.

    comments (3)

  1. Look at that, what an awesome prehistoric looking beast. Great details! Posted 3 days ago
  2. A beautiful beast, indeed! I had a run-in with one of these last year. It was in the road and wouldn't move as I tried to shoo it. So, I picked it up and carried it. It was soooo mad at me - it made noises, thrashed, tried to bite and scratch me. I had to put it down every foot or so because it was so heavy, stinky, and belligerent. They can stretch their necks so far that it is so hard to hold them without being bitten - and, they have the strength to sever a finger. I probably should have left it in the road, but I couldn't bear to. Posted 2 days ago
    1. So many of us see them on the roads! Yes, I learned very quickly the appropriateness of the Latin binomial C. serpentina)....couldn't believe the length of that hidden neck! Like a snake with a shell attached ha ha. Posted yesterday

Sign in or Join in order to comment.

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 .

Common snappers are noted for their belligerent disposition when out of the water, their powerful beak-like.. more

Similar species: Turtles And Tortoises
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
View Ruth Spigelman's profile

By Ruth Spigelman

All rights reserved
Uploaded Dec 8, 2018. Captured Jul 15, 2014 14:45 in 38 Veteran St, Dunbar, PA 15431, USA.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/5.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO500
  • 40mm