September 25, 2013
Dinosaurs still roam
It was one of the largest I've seen.
Probably close to 3 feet from head to tail.
The upper shell, the carapace, ranges from 10 inches to 20 inches.
They weigh between 10 and 35 pounds on average.
Common habitats are shallow ponds, shallow lakes, or streams.
Snappers will travel extensively overland to reach new habitat or to lay eggs. Pollution, habitat destruction, food scarcity, overcrowding and other factors will drive snappers to move overland; it is quite common to find them traveling far from the nearest water source. This species mates from April through November, with their peak laying season in June and July. The female can hold sperm for several seasons, using it as necessary. Females travel over land to find sandy soil in which to lay their eggs, often some distance from the water