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Old Apr 10, 2011, 12:31 PM   #1
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First forgive me if I've posted this here, I don't think I have. Gregs turtle pic reminded me of these. I was sitting on my stool in the swamp last year and it looked like a submarine coming to the surface. This is an enormous turtle for such a small swamp, pics do not do the size justice. I have no idea how old but it has to be up there in age. I'm sorry the pics aren't that great but it was getting dark so I adjusted best I could. I guess the two of them in a mating ritual but the head of the one is larger than taking both your fists and putting them together, it impressed me to say the least and I don't plan on swimming in there : )
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Old Apr 10, 2011, 1:39 PM   #2
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Really good shots of an animal that you don't see on the surface very often. That is an old and dangerous snapping turtle. The old ones can get huge. They like to lie in wait for food to swim by. They would have no problem removing a finger or toe.
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Thanks Steven. I think this guy would have no problem removing your hand at the wrist. I wish I had something next to him to give perspective of size.
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Thanks Steven. I think this guy would have no problem removing your hand at the wrist. I wish I had something next to him to give perspective of size.
Those are great! Was that the reason your swan was dancing on the water?

In #2, what's your guess as to the length of what we're seeing above the water?

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Old Apr 11, 2011, 1:16 PM   #5
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I was afraid to say what I actually guessed as I hate being called full of it even though it quite often applies : )
My guess was a little over 3 feet in length but google says they only get around 18 inches. If you look at the first pic he's over 18 inches with half or less out of the water so who am I to say google is wrong. I can tell you for sure if you clench your fists and put your hands together knuckles touching each other it is not as large as his head. He popped his head out at me about 12 or 15 feet from shore and scared the crap out of me one day : )
I wonder though if the reason my swan swims with his feet out of the water may have something to do with that. I have a lot of swan pics with him looking like he has a rudder behind him.
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Old Apr 11, 2011, 9:06 PM   #6
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You were misinformed about the 18 inch size, it is up to 31 inches. The Sunken Gardens in St. Pete have an old, huge snapping turtle in his own private little pond. He is a giant.

Quick search:
Up to 300 pounds for an alligator snapping turtle. From a Google directed site:
http://a-z-animals.com/animals/snapping-turtle/

Snapping Turtle Facts

Kingdom:Five groups that classify all living things...
AnimaliaPhylum:A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
ChordataClass:A group of animals within a pylum...
ReptiliaOrder:A group of animals within a class...
TestudinesFamily:A group of animals within an order...
ChelydridaeGenus:A group of animals within a family...
Chelydra
Scientific Name:Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
ChelydridaeType:The animal group that the species belongs to...
ReptileDiet:What kind of foods the animal eats...
OmnivoreSize:How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
47-80cm (18.5-31in)Weight:The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
16-136kg (35-300lbs)Top Speed:The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
4km/h (2.4mph)Life Span:How long the animal lives for...
20-32 yearsLifestyle:Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
SolitaryConservation Status:The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Threatened
Colour:The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Brown, Tan, BlackSkin Type:The protective layer of the animal...
ScalesFavourite Food:FishHabitat:The specific area where the animal lives...
Slow rivers, lakes and marshlandAverage Litter Size:The average number of babies born at once...
35Main Prey:The food that the animal gains energy from...
Fish, Birds, FrogsPredators:Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Raccoon, AlligatorSpecial Features:Powerful legs and strong jaw
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Hi Steven, I think the one you're referring to is the alligator snapper. The one we have up here is a common snapper and according to what I've read they aren't supposed to get this large. I'm no turtle expert but I think this is pretty extreme for a common. I'm going to get ahold of someone in Cornell and see what they think. Thanks for the info
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