This common Snapping Turtle was in the wetlands of the Muscatatusk National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana. The Snapping Turtle can grow to a very large size, 20-40 cm on average. It’s shell is dark brown, rough and usually covered in algae. The Snapping Turtle can be found in waters ranging from slow moving rivers to stagnate ponds. Although this turtle has received a bad reputation for allegedly biting swimmers and eating baby ducks in reality it is very shy in the water and will retreat from anything except lunch. On land, when threatened it will live up to it’s reputation by snapping and hissing while standing on all fours and rocking back and forth. Basically Snapping Turtles eat carrion, their reputation for killing baby ducks could only come from an over abundance or a number of sick baby ducks and only when the Snappers’ other food resources are depleted.
Canon EOS 1D MK3, EF 400mm F2.8 USM L lens, 1/4 x Canon Teleconverter, Gitzo Monopod