All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Snapping Turtle</strong>
<em>Chelydra serpentina</em>
This big guy was photographed through the glass wall of a tank at Ijams Nature Center. These turtles are formidible creatures with incredibly strong jaws and long, sharp claws. Alligator S...
Snapping Turtle
Chelydra serpentina
This big guy was photographed through the glass wall of a tank at Ijams Nature Center. These turtles are formidible creatures with incredibly strong jaws and long, sharp claws. Alligator Snapping Turtles have a worm-like projection it their mouth which they use as a lure to attract fish, when the fish comes up to investigate --- SNAP!!!; instead of getting a meal, they become one! An old legend says that once a Snapping turtle clamps down it won't let go until it hears thunder.

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