|Mom Common Snapping Turtle||May 30, 2010|
Monday, 24 May 2010, appeared to be common snapping turtle Mother's Day. I had come across three nesting moms on my walk through the Toftrees game land.
Below is the first one - and the largest, her shell being easily over 12 inches long.
|Mom snapper withdrew her head into her shell (or carapace, if one wishes to be formal) as I approached (but keeping around ten feet, or three meters, between the turtle and me - why interrupt her egg laying?).|
The third mom snapper seemed to pick a particularly good place for her eggs, so I'll keep a watch for baby snappers, who should arrive in a couple of months.
Photography note: The photos were taken with a Pentax K20D and the SMC-DA 55-300mm lens.
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