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Common snapping turtle

Chelydra serpentina

Notes:

This guy wondered onto my driveway early in the morning. It is just a bit bigger than a football.

2 Comments

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 7 years ago

Definitely a common snapping turtle!

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

Beautiful find Mary! I do agree with jamiewgoodspeed that this is a Common Snapping Turtle. One way to tell the difference is to look at the shell. Alligator Snapping Turtles have more distinct ridges on the shell.
Here is a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alligator_s...

MaryKauffman
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MaryKauffman

Nixa, Missouri, USA

Spotted on May 30, 2014
Submitted on May 30, 2014

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