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Common snapping turtle

Chelydra Serpentina


Common snapping turtles are large turtle with sharp beaks and ridged tails. Their shells are usually tan, dark brown or even black.


Common snapping turtles prefer wet places like lakes, ponds and rivers. They also like wet sandy areas so they can bury themselves in the sand and hide. I found this snapping turtle on the side of the road near a swampy area while I was out running.

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Concord, New Hampshire, United States

Spotted on May 21, 2020
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