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Common Snapping Turtle

Chelydra serpentina


I saw a rather tense bit of drama today. Three large snapping turtles had noticed these little mallard ducklings and one of them made two separate attempts to capture some food. The mother mallard called her babies away from the water both times.

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ScottRasmussen 9 years ago

Posting a follow-up to this. It's two months later. I was down at the pond yesterday and saw mama, who managed to keep three of her six ducklings. They are quite large and have well developed adult plumage. Their wings are still too small for flight but they try them out frequently and I'm sure they'll be flying soon. It's a tough life for a duckling, even on a protected pond like this one. I'm surprised that even half the ducklings survived this long.

LarryGraziano 9 years ago

Wonderful series and moment!

outsidegirl0 9 years ago

great spotting! those ducklings are soo cute! :)

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 9 years ago

excellent series scott!

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Close shave! Great captures Scott.

SukanyaDatta 9 years ago

Lovely! The happy ending (for the baby birds) was nice too...I am sure the turtles found something else for lunch.

jamiewgoodspeed 9 years ago

My goodness!!!! that turtle looks like he's gonna lunge for those baby ducks!

Fantastic spotting. Thank you for sharing, ScottRasmussen.

JenKnight 9 years ago

great series!

hernandezwolf99 9 years ago

Wow! Close one

ScottRasmussen 9 years ago

It was very stressful watching them. I knew if I moved towards the water that the ducks would get nervous and head out into the pond, right into the jaws of the turtle, so I had to trust that mama duck would call her babies away in time. She did, twice, but I'm sure that lots of ducklings fall prey to the snappers every year.

cbenito00 9 years ago

Turn around little ducks!!! Ahhh!!!! Really cute nice job!

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Amherst, Massachusetts, USA

Spotted on May 19, 2014
Submitted on May 20, 2014

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