Category Archives: Fauna

Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)


While traveling toward Elkdale recently, the handsome fellow above was spotted lumbering across the road.

Somewhat shy, he turned away from the camera several times.

According to Wikpedia, the “serpentina” portion of their name refers to their neck and head, and means “serpent” or “snake like”.

These turtles should be enjoyed from a safe distance. They can turn their head in a flash, and their jaws are powerful enough to amputate a finger.