Snapper

Chelydra serpentinaSnapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina), the smaller of two seen in the water of the native garden at NYBG this weekend.

Note the spotless shell. Compare with another NYBG snap seen two years ago in the Discovery Center pond. Much more growth on the shell of that younger specimen. The huge beastie I’ve seen in Prospect Park’s watercourse a few times over the years has also evinced a spotless shell, which I attribute to chorine in the water (yes, it’s tap water). Here’s a little one in the Prospect Pools. Here’s a tiny one I found crossing the road a few years ago in Massachusetts.
Chelydra serpentinaShell length here 6-7″ long. Love the dinosaur thorns on the tail.

7 Responses to “Snapper”


  1. 1 Leslie Farragher August 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

    A few years ago we found an enormous one in Central Park that was walking towards the Meer. I presume she had been nesting in the nearby woods. We were so afraid she’s be hit by bicyclists or prodded at by kids that we very, very, very carefully carried her back to the water.

  2. 3 Deborah Allen August 24, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Fab photo. I can never get the whole beast is focus.

  3. 4 Paul Lamb August 25, 2016 at 5:39 am

    I see some snappers in my Ozark lake. I still swim in the lake.


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