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Common snapping turtle

Chelydra serpentina

Description:

This snapping turtle plodded across the road, but I moved it to safety. The carapace is all green because it is epizoized by at least one type of alga, a common occurrence among aquatic turtles.

Habitat:

Spotted in Florida's Everglades National Park.

Notes:

No subspecies are currently recognized (whereas, in the past, C. serpentina osceola was called the Florida snapping turtle).

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12 Comments

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 months ago

Thank you, Brian and Antonio. You’re both too kind!

Brian38
Brian38 6 months ago

Congrats Mauna on an absolutely cool and well deserved SOTD!

Awesome series Mauna,super cool,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 months ago

Thank you so much, Daniele! You’re good at giving surprises and this totally made my day!

Thank you, Tukup! :-)

Tukup
Tukup 6 months ago

Congratulations Mauna on the well-deserved SOTD. Great closeup shot. Ya gotta love a snapping turtle, just carefully.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 months ago

Congratulations Mauna, your common snapping turtle and its green companions are our Spotting of the Day! And thank you for moving it ;-)

"Learn about epizoic organisms in our Spotting of the Day! Epizoic organisms are organisms that live on the surface of animals in a non-parasitic way. Epizoic organisms include mosses, algae, fungi and bryozoans (moss animals). This common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) is covered with algae, a common occurrence among aquatic turtles. The algal growth itself supports a whole micro-community of organisms. Our 2019 Best Wildlife Photo mission comes with a special theme: interactions between species. You can join it here: https://buff.ly/2WIJPd8 "

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Brian38
Brian38 6 months ago

Will do. Thank you Mauna.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 months ago

Brian, if and when you get the chance, check out the roads near the Flamingo Visitor Center in the glades during snapping turtle breeding season (spring/summer into November).

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 months ago

Haha, thank you! I feel bad for your rescued turtle's companion, but am nonetheless glad that you were able to help one too.

Tukup
Tukup 6 months ago

I love snapping turtles. They don't take anything from anybody :-) Since he probably didn't thank you for moving him out of danger, I'll do it for him. Thanks. I did the same for one, but was too late for his companion. Nice shot.

Brian38
Brian38 6 months ago

Great job on moving it to safety!

Brian38
Brian38 6 months ago

Great spotting Mauna! I was hoping to find one these on my trip, but no luck.

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

Florida, USA

Lat: 25.16, Long: -80.91

Spotted on Dec 21, 2015
Submitted on Feb 9, 2019

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