Female Snapping Turtle

Female Snapping Turtle

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Credit: LARRY LANDOLFI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Female Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) laying her eggs. This freshwater turtle is found in wetlands throughout North America, from southern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. An adult can have a shell length of around 45 centimeters, with the tail as long again. They feed on whatever they can catch in their powerful beaks, including fish, birds, mammals, amphibians, and carrion. They also eat vegetation. Despite their aggressive reputation, they are kept as pets by some people, and can become quite tame after a while.

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Keywords: animal, chelydra, chelydra serpentina, fauna, female, freshwater turtle, laying eggs, nature, reptile, snapping turtle, turtle, wildlife

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