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Snapping Turtle - Chelydra serpentina

(Linnaeus, 1758)
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Adult found about to cross a busy street on a hot April afternoon in Brevard County, Florida
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Basking adult, Fairfax County, Virginia
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Basking adult, Fairfax County, Virginia Adult eating aquatic vegetation, Fairfax County, Virginia
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Adult eating aquatic vegetation, Fairfax County, Virginia Adult, Kansas © Jeremy Huff
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  Adult, Fairfax County, Virginia   Large adult basking,
Fairfax County, Virginia
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  Adult, Fairfax County, Virginia   Adult, Williamson, TE © Lisa Powers
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  Adult, Fairfax County, Virginia   Adult, Tompkins Co., NY © Joyce Gross
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Large old adult swimming on top of aquatic vegetation, Hays County, Texas Juvenile, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania © William Flaxington Juvenile, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania © William Flaxington
     
Habitat
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Habitat, roadside drainage ditch, Brevard County, Florida Habitat, Spring-fed Lake,
Hays County, Texas
 
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Habitat, Fairfax County, Virginia Adult in Habitat, Fairfax County, Virginia    
       
Short Videos
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Snapping turtles swimming
in a Virginia wetlands
As I was driving on a busy highway in Brevard County, Florida, I saw a snapping turtle trying to cross the highway. I quickly stopped and ran toward it, which caused it to turn around, sparing its life, no doubt. After taking some still shots, I only got a few seconds of video before it sat still. I tried to move it so it would walk again, but decided to give up after it snapped at my fingers a couple of times. Maybe I'll do better next time....    



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