Prehistoric-Looking Snapping Turtle

Does this prehistoric-looking snapping turtle look like it belongs in a Jurassic Park movie? Well, snapping turtles have been around since the Jurassic Period nearly 200 million years ago when dinosaurs ruled the earth. This sharp-beaked reptile was found crossing the road in Washington recently not far from the Glenholme School.

Females lay eggs in the spring and hatchlings are emerging now from their sandy nests to cross roads to find more suitable surroundings in nearby ponds. Snapping turtles can weigh up to 30 pounds and feed on fish, birds, ducklings and aquatic plants. Caution: although slow-moving, snapping turtles are quick to bite anything that’s put in front of them, including fingers!
~ David Dunleavy

Photo by David Dunleavy