September 25, 2013

Dinosaurs still roam

Dinosaurs still roam by ricmcarthur
Dinosaurs still roam, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
We saw this large snapping turtle in Ohio on the weekend.
It was one of the largest I've seen.
Probably close to 3 feet from head to tail.

Scientific stuff
Chelydra serpentine
The upper shell, the carapace, ranges from 10 inches to 20 inches.
They weigh between 10 and 35 pounds on average.
Scientific stuff

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

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