More Mom Snapping TurtlesJune 5, 2011

Common snapping turtles are amazing, something out of a lost world and totally prehistoric.

Here, at State College, the moms come out of the water one day a year to lay their eggs. This spring, I was lucky and came across four of them.

I spotted the first one at a distance.

Common snapping turtle mom
  As I came closer, she assumed a cautious pose.
Mom snapping turtle
  And here she is at her full length, a modest-size snapper. Her shell was about 12 inches (30 cm) long, and her total length would be somewhat over two feet (60 cm).
Mom snapping turtle
  Here is a portrait of Mom 3:
Mom snapping turtle portrait
  Doesn't she have amazing eyes?

Photography note: The photos were taken with a Pentax K20D and the SMC-DA 55-300mm lens in late May 2011.  

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