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Snapping turtle

Chelydra serpentina


Young snapping turtle, 82mm nose to tail. Carapace is 33mm long. Placed the turtle in a container indoors with access to water, greens and meal worms. Turtle recovered sufficiently to explore the container.


Found in the street, on the asphalt paving. Not moving. Air temp 74 d F. Estimated distance to nearest waterway is 180 ft. Location is suburban, with narrow undisturbed natural areas between streets, including perineal streams, mixed second growth wooded areas.


Since the turtle recovered after being indoors I will release it into a wooded area near a stream away from houses.

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Jae 3 months ago

Well done, Ibarbier69!

lbarbieri69 3 months ago

Drop spot: 36.1239172, -79.4969530

lbarbieri69 3 months ago

I released Snappy yesterday. He was very quick to move on from where I released him. We have a small creek that runs through and out of the development. It connects to the Haw River north of I40. I found an area with a lot of understory plants, and obvious insects residents. I avoided the side with a drop off to the water. He’s already shown no fear of falling off a ledge. He got out of the container we had him in and then dropped 36” to the floor! Then, to show he was none the worse for the fall, he traveled thru the house to our bedroom. Determined little fella.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 months ago

Awesome rescue! :)

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Elon, North Carolina, United States

Spotted on Apr 12, 2021
Submitted on Apr 12, 2021

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