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Common Snapping Turtle

Chelydra serpentina


Large freshwater turtles reaching nearly 20 inches and 35 pounds. This one was about 16" (40-45 cm). Aggressive when threatened with a tenacious bite that is nearly impossible to escape once locked on.


Found crossing the road towards a marshy area in Central Iowa, USA. (350 masl).


I came upon this guy trying to cross a paved country road. He was on the shoulder. I stopped and took him across as I could see the slough he was heading for. Unfortunately, his companion had already been killed on the road. Nasty disposition, but really cool.

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Iowa, USA

Spotted on Jun 8, 2008
Submitted on Jan 29, 2019

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