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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Snapping turtle

At Five Rivers in Delmar, but these guys are found in almost every lake, pond and slow moving river around here. Their scientific name is Chelydra serpentina and they are as common today as they were in my youth, which is a good thing because these guys are Mother Nature's cleanup machines.

This fellow was enjoying the warm water at the top of the pond on a coolish day.


  1. They are cool but scary! And they can live a very long time. I heard that one was estimated to be over 150 years old (Dirty Jobs show) because they found old musket balls from the Civil War lodged in him. Amazing creatures!

  2. That's a cool picture, though I'm not sure I'd want to get too close!


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