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Common Snapping Turtle

Chelydra serpentina


Fairly small, a little less than a foot wide dark gray/green shell.


Fresh water lakes, ponds, and rivers given there are adequate hiding areas and nearby nesting sites.


Nesting in mulch pile in field across the trail from a lake. An eastern painted turtle was also nesting on the other side of the pile.

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AshleyT 8 years ago

Thank you Sara :)

SaraPaige626 8 years ago

Yeah, sorry about that! Thank you very much AshleyT!

AshleyT 8 years ago

Hi there, I have added the scientific name to this spotting for you. all of your spottings lack the scientific name, and because of that are considered unidentified. Since you have provided the common name, doing a quick Google search will give you the scientific name, then you can add that to all of your spottings. Scientific names are important because they help researchers and others searching for organisms to find more accurate spottings to track movements of organisms. And, like I just mentioned, all of your spottings are considered unidentified until you add the scientific name, so please do so when you get the chance. Thanks.

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New York, USA

Spotted on Jun 10, 2012
Submitted on Nov 10, 2013

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