Pop Quiz 8 Answer: It’s a Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle

Here’s another picture of him after he extended his snout above water. His head is bigger than an adult fist and very well camouflaged with stripes and spikes. This one raised its nose and eyes above the surface for a couple of minutes every 5 to ten minutes. Then he would slowly return to the bottom of the pond under the weeds to wait for something delicious to pass by. I didn’t see his full shell, but it had to be about 18″ from bow to stern. This is a senior resident of the pond and probably at least 20-25 years old.

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