Yard Snapper

Glancing up from a book I was reading while on Nantucket two weeks ago, I noticed something dark in the grass. A snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina. And not the first time, either. Snappers can go some distance to lay their eggs. They are on the lookout for sandy soil to dig out for a nest. Unfortunately,that all too often means dirt roads and driveways. Size 9 foot for purposes of scale only. Do not try this at home.

Prospect Park’s Lullwater has at least one good-sized snapper, with what I would call an immaculate shell.

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