A Snapping Turtle
on a walk in Central Pennsylvania
July 15, 2018

The common snapping turtle of central Pennsylvania is fascinating to see; there is something so prehistoric about any of them.

Typically, I would see a snapper basking on a log in a pond, but from the middle of May to the beginning of June, female snappers go walk-about, seeking a good place to build a nest. Consequently, I've any number of photos of snappers on land.

Then a question came to me: How do they walk? So the very next time I came across a female snapper returning to the pond after making her nest and laying eggs, I took a short video.  

The snapper, no matter how large or how heavy the shell (or carapace), is able to keep a brisk pace.

Video note: The video was taken with a Pentax K-3II and the SMC-DA* 60-250mm lens in late May 2018.  

Photos: Mom snapping turtles from 2011 and a portrait from 2015.

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