I've written about these beasts before, and I'll no doubt do so again. After all, what's not to love about Snapping Turtles? Chelydra serpentina is our largest, surliest, most dangerous turtle, and coming across one is always a treat. And we had the good fortune to encounter a monstrous example last Tuesday night while patrolling for salamanders. Read on. This post may not make you love snappers, but you'll probably find them interesting.
We found a Tiger Salamander along the roadway by this pool, so we all radiated out looking for more. Next thing I know, Greg Lipps is wallowing back to land carrying something a bit bigger than a salamander! Snapping Turtle! I knew some good photo ops would be in store.
A short vid I made, featuring the Snapping Turtle living up to its name. These reptiles are not overly endowed with social graces. Note the Spring Peepers and Western Chorus Frogs "singing" in the background.